Parkland Immanuel Christian School wins gold at volleyball finals

They faced St. André Bessette Catholic School Nov. 4 in the Metro Edmonton High School Athletics Association's division four volleyball championship and won 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-13).

The team pose with their banner shortly after winning gold. Supplied photo

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The senior girls volleyball team at Parkland Immanuel Christian School recently grabbed gold on the court.

They faced St. André Bessette Catholic School Nov. 4 in the Metro Edmonton High School Athletics Association’s division four volleyball championship and won 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-13). They went 8-1 in the regular season and previously went 4-7 when they were in division three last year.

That performance put them into the lower grouping and they began the season with new head coach Drew Frost.

She said they went into the year not knowing what to expect. They lost their first game to Bessette but turned in a solid stream of performances afterwards. Frost had a largely new team, but once they began to win, she knew they could go far in the playoffs.

“They listened to me when I told them what I wanted to see,” she said. “After that first match everyone was so happy they were buzzing with joy. I was wondering if it would be harder, but when we got to the playoffs it was just a really exciting moment when we pulled it all off.”

She was previously an assistant coach during the 2018 season. Frost ended that not knowing if she would take charge in 2019, but ultimately ended up doing so with what she describes as a less rigid style than her predecessor. She plans to continue her style in 2020 and says that, now that the team has gotten experience under their belts and knows the way of the court, a similar result could end up repeating itself.

“Lots of girls know their specific positions and it won’t be too hard,” Frost said. “I would say we are looking promising.”

The Parkland Immanuel Christian School is located just outside of Edmonton. Their senior boys were eliminated in the first round and previously had the same experience in 2018 playoffs.

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