With a new coach and a flawless pre-season record, the Trojan’s men’s volleyball team is off to a promising start.
After last weekend’s eight team pre-season tournament hosted at SAIT’s campus centre, the Trojans took their record from 4-0 to 9-0.
After winning four straight games, the Trojans went on to punish Edmonton’s MacEwan University Griffins 3-0 and take home the medal.
“We’re really happy with how the team is coming together, but we still have a ways to go,” said head coach Andy Hayher.
Hayher stepped up as head coach in September after Ryan Marsden retired for personal reasons.
Hayher was a Trojan player during the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons and along with the team, took home silver in both Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) championships.
Hayher then became assistant coach to Lorry Ingram from 2001-2003 where they won silver again (twice in ACAC and once in CCAA). Since 2008, Hayher has been assistant coach to Marsden.
“This year we are trying to bring back the culture we had in the early 2000’s,” says Hayher.
A philosophy of order and discipline might just take this team to the top.
“We know we have a lot of potential on the team this year and would be disappointed with anything less than ACAC and CCAA championships,” said Darcee Froese, captain and spiker for the team.
Individuals such as Froese, 2011-12 ACAC all-star, Justin Kilb, 2009-10 ACAC all-star, and Scott Lesher, three year ACAC all-star and 2010-11 ACAC male athlete of the year, make up a portion of this team’s veteran talent.
Hayher says that while the team has been playing well, there is still room for improvement.
“We have made a lot of shifts since last year and will need to make more as the season progresses.”
“Everyone on the team gets along really well and comes to practice ready to work which makes practice fun and keeps us moving in the right direction,” says Froese.
“We still have a lot of work to do and don’t plan on peaking until provincials and nationals.”
The regular season kicks off Nov. 2, against the Olds College Broncos.