Dauphin, Canada

Her brother is tearing it up on the ice, and she's killing it on the volleyball court.

Gilbert Plains Paige Gaber has been a huge reason why the Trojans varsity girls team is having so much success this season.

The 16-year-old and the rest of the Trojans have been dominant all season long which included a tournament win this past weekend.

"This season has been an absolute blast," said Gaber. "We've been so successful so far. It's going by super fast, but I'm loving every minute of it."

Being from a small town, Gaber has been able to play the game she loves for years mostly with the same girls since she was much younger. She figures that's a big reason for the team's success.

"I think we're all just so close and we're close to the same age," added Gaber. "Some of us have been playing together since grade 5. We just click so well and that's a big reason we're winning games."

The team's main goal this season is winning the Provincial Championships. But, along the way, the team set a goal of winning the Swan River tournament, and they did just that.

"Yeah, that was a really good feeling to win that tournament for the third year in a row," said Gaber. "It was a big goal of ours for sure. Hopefully next year we'll go 4 for 4."

For Gaber, it's all about getting better every time she hits the court, and that's the progression that she's seeing.

"I feel like I've improved over the last couple years for sure," said Gaber. "I just want to be the best player I can be."

The team's success this year really doesn't come as a surprise. Gaber was a part of the Trojans JV team last year and they won the Provincial Championships. This year the Trojans are ranked #1 in the province in the "A" category. 

That means a couple things. This team is red-hot. And, the rest of the province is gunning for them.

"I feel because of last year, we have a target on our back," said Gaber. "Everyone wants to beat us. Obviously, our biggest goal this year is winning it all once again."

Next up for Paige and the rest of the Trojans is a tournament this weekend in Brandon. It's one of the bigger high school tournaments of the year that welcomes teams from across the province at every level. 

"We know it's going to be tough but we're confident in ourselves and we're excited about the challenge," added Gaber. "We're hoping we can keep it going and make something special happen again."