The Parkland Vipers U14 Blue team is very early into their volleyball season. However, if they continue to play how they have been to start the season, there's no doubt some special things are on the way as they already have been.
The team has played in two tournaments, both of which they won a title. They first won a tournament in Brandon and they followed that up by winning their home tournament this past weekend.
Volleyball Manitoba announces its rankings each week to recognize the top teams in the province.
In the 14U Girls age group, the Vipers are on top. The team has been ranked the top team in the province after a great start.
"It feels pretty great and it's definitely a pat on the back for the success we've had so far," said Ted Rea, Head Coach. "We're really looking forward to playing some of the other top teams in the province moving forward. We'll play in another tournament in Brandon and the University of Manitoba tournament so we'll really get the chance to see where we are."
In their most recent tournament, the team didn't allow more than 14 points in any of their games and they didn't lose a set. In their first tournament of the season, they lost only one set
"Our consistency with our free ball play has been excellent. Our serving and serve receive last week improved from the previous week as well," continued Rea. "This team has been together for a while now so I think that benefits us, I can move players in and out and it doesn't cause any disturbance or anything like that."
The team will now play in the Parkland Vipers 15U tournament this weekend. They'll be in a pool with RCV 15U, South Mountain 15U, and Club West Smash 15U. Their first game is at the DRCSS on court two on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. The finals will wrap up the tournament at 6:00 p.m. on court one, also at the DRCSS.
"There will be some teams that we haven't seen and we don't know much about," he added. "Our goal is to finish in the top-2 in our pool and then we'll go from there."
Ultimately, the team has one goal in mind moving forward.
"We're expecting big things and our goal is to win a provincial title," concluded Rea. "Last year playing as a 13U team, we almost made the semi-finals in the 14U event. We're off to a nice start here and that's great for us. We have to keep putting the work in and we have to stay consistent."