The 2019 season started off with a difficult match up for the Vikings Men's Volleyball team. They faced the nationally ranked Keyano College and NAIT in back-to-back weekends. Despite the struggle, Coach Steve Leggitt is able to see the benefit. "This gives us a good idea of where we are and where we need to get to" he states.
Having a very young team with only one 5th year and three 3rd years, what the team lacks in years, it makes up for with potential and exponential growth. The big surprise has been the abilities of first year setter, Calder Thompson. "He shows a composure and an understanding of the setting position that most players don't show until their third or fourth year." Not only have that, but Thompson remains cool under the pressure and that helps give stability to the team during competition. Fifth-year middle Duncan McDonald has also contributed to strong team momentum, coming in after two years in a row of being named an ACAC All-Star.
Looking forward, Leggitt sees the immense potential that these young athletes have. Every game so far has provided a wealth of experience for each athlete, and given them the opportunity to hone their skills. Though it is tough to compete against older, bigger teams, "as we get older and stronger this will become much easier…this team is a few years away from greatness".
Coach Leggitt will continue to build on the great foundations of this team, and looks forward to taking off a set or two from Keyano and NAIT in the Winter Semester.