Subzero freezes up bronze at provincials

A Yukon rep volleyball team has locked up a medal at provincials.

A Yukon rep volleyball team has locked up a medal at provincials.

Subzero’s under-14 boys team won bronze at the 2017 Volleyball B.C. Provincial Championships in Abbotsford, Apr 28-30.

“We have such a good group of guys this year,” said Subzero head coach Mattaeus Geisler. “They’re extremely hard working and really respectful. It’s always refreshing to work with such a motivated group of 12- and 13-year-olds. So it’s very exciting and it’s a promising future for volleyball here in the Yukon.”

The Subzero team took bronze in Division 2 with a 25-13, 25-21 win over the Orangemen from Abbotsford in the third place game.

The Yukon team was sent to the bronze game following a 2-1 loss to the Fraser Valley Volleyball Club in the semifinal.

“It’s tricky for us because we don’t have any tournaments prior to going down to the provincial championships, so adjusting to the pressure is hard for the young boys,” said Geisler.

Subzero opened with three straight wins. They beat the Orangemen 2-1, Burnaby’s Focus Fury 2-1 and Kelowna’s Kodiaks in straight sets.

Subzero middle/power Duncan Snooks was given an award from his team for being the most inspirational player.

“He’s not the biggest, strongest guy on the team, but he has an amazing skills set of passing and being able to read the hitters,” said Geisler. “He was a really important player on the team as well as a really positive guy, in terms of attitude.”

Power Quinn Howard is “quite tall for his age and he led the team in terms of power hits,” added Geisler. “He’s a really reliable player in terms of reading the game and when to hit it hard and when to tip over.

“He’s always an influential player on the team, as well as our captain Cole Cowan.”

Also on the team were Kit Bradford-Andrew, Jaxson Fitzsimmons, Barrett Furchner, Gareth Morgan-Lester, Alexander Shultz, Jay Sinclair, Matthew Strudwick, Sam Wanless and Kaleb Zaliauskas-Swan.

The U14 boys squad was not the only Subzero team to compete at provincials over the weekend. Two U13 girls Subzero teams competed, taking eighth out of 16 in Division 2 and ninth out of 14 in Division 3. Subzero’s U13 boys placed ninth out of 13 in Division 1. Subzero’s U14 girls took sixth out of 16 teams in Division 4.

Five more Subzero teams will compete at the next installment of the B.C. championships this weekend.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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