U18 women’s volleyball team set to hit the court at Nationals

Published on April 19, 2017

Prince County girls on the Canada Games women’s volleyball team are ready to represent P.E.I. in Edmonton at Nationals. Jillian Ferguson (left), Cassandra Macleod, Abby Malayny and Callie MacDonald.

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Don’t be deceived by this group of giggling girls, they pack a punch.

The Canada Games U18 women’s volleyball team is gearing up to prove themselves in Edmonton as they compete at Nationals in May.

The close-knit team practices twice a week, once at Kinkora Regional High School and once at Bluefield High School.

“We’re like a weird family, kind of like the Brady Bunch,” said Sarah Murphy, middle.

The ultimate goal at the end of the day is to have a good time together, said Jillian Ferguson of Kensington.

While it’s all fun and games, at the end of the day they’ve worked hard to get to where they are.

Abby Malayny of Summerside believes the training will pay off.

“We work hard, train hard, we’ll do our best.”

That’s all a coach can ask for.

Kate and Darren Dawson have been working hard with the girls and are excited to see them come together as a team, and family.

“They have so much potential,” said Kate.

Darren, head coach, sees the competition approaching and knows who to keep an eye on and is constantly working on strategies and plays to improve.

The team has never finished better than 9th place and hopes this year to break the trend.

While Nationals in May and Canada Games in August are coming up fast, the Dawson’s see past those tournaments and focus on their players’ futures.

“Our end game isn’t Canada Games. We want to see at least five out of our 12 girls play in post-secondary,” said Kate.

Callie MacDonald of Summerside is the first on their current team to commit for the fall season. She will be playing for Mount Allison University, in Sackville, N.B.

The team leaves for Nationals on May 4 and will be back on May 8.