Boys looking to final game for win

There's the expression, save the best for last. Competing at the Canada Summer Games in PEI, the Yukon boys' volleyball team is getting their best chance for a win last.

Charlottetown, PEI

There’s the expression, save the best for last.

Competing at the Canada Summer Games in PEI, the Yukon boys’ volleyball team is getting their best chance for a win last.

After three days of competition, the boys’ team has yet to register a win, most recently losing to Saskatchewan 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 Wednesday afternoon.

“I’d say we’re all fairly fatigued from the past few days – we’ve been playing some pretty hard games,” said Yukon’s Torey Wiebe, who finished the Saskatchewan game with two kills. “Our age and skill level compared to these guys’ skill level, it’s been pretty good.

“We were definitely flatfooted and tired. It’s hard to get the whole team up when everyone is feeling kind of groggy.”

Sitting at the bottom of their pool, on Thursday Yukon will play the loser of Wednesday’s PEI/New Brunswick game, a contest between the other bottom dwellers.

Having played some top teams with power-hitters, Yukon has learned many lessons and will be taking them into tomorrow’s game, said Yukon head coach Jordan Borgford.

“Our passes have been pretty good, we just need to clean up our defence a little bit,” said Borgford. “A big part for us, going into tomorrow, is knowing we can dig some balls against some really hard-hitters.”

The Yukon boys did managed to accumulate small two- and three-point leads in each set, but also went on a few small runs to nip at the heels of Saskatchewan.

“It’s nice to know that sometimes the boys can pull it together and get us on a run as well,” said Borgford. “A lot of the times, runs are a from errors on the other side. Other teams get runs against us when we put up a lot of errors.

“(But) we had a couple smart offensive plays in there.”

The previous night the Yukon boys faced the undefeated Quebec team, losing in straight sets, 25-12, 25-19, 25-15. The Yukon has such a young team that six members will still qualify for the next Summer Games in four years, so youth and inexperience was a factor, said Borgford.

“(Quebec’s) a powerhouse,” said Borgford. “They have more facial hair than I do, I think. They’re a big bunch of guys – strong, powerful, smart with a lot of game experience.

“They have so much offence and such tough defence, it’s tough to get on any sort of run.”

Although winless, the Yukon did pick up a set against Newfoundland, losing 25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20. Before that was a 25-16, 25-14, 27-25 loss to Nova Scotia.

The Yukon began the Games with a matchup against the only other undefeated teams left in their pool, losing 25-10, 25-8, 25-8 to Ontario. Realistically, a win was out of the question, but the game did provide a chance for Yukon to calm their nerves and get used to playing in front of large crowds.

“We’ve worked out some jitters against the first game against Ontario, which is probably one of the best teams here,” said Wiebe. “We got used to the fact that there’s a crowd; a crowd is always a factor.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Third phase added to procurement policy implementation

Additional time added to prep for two provisions

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

Most Read