Sarah Lewis Photography/Team Yukon Yukon’s Skye Hanson goes for a kill against Nova Scotia on Aug. 9.

Yukon, N.W.T. split volleyball matches to close out Canada Summer Games

Yukon boys take 11th, girls 12th in Winnipeg

A rivalry was reignited on the volleyball courts at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg on Aug. 11.

N.W.T. didn’t enter teams in the 2013 and 2009 Games but were back in the mix last week.

In both the male and female competitions it came down to the Yukon versus the N.W.T. in fights to avoid last place, with the winners taking 11th and the losers 12th.

Yukon’s male team took the win in an intense five-set marathon and Yukon’s female team lost in straight sets.

“We played way better than in other games,” said Yukon captain Austin Hayduck. “We brought it together in the end. We played more like a team than we did in the other games — that’s what helped us win that game.”

Yukon’s male team came back from a set down to win 22-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 15-8. The second set was the first won by Yukon’s male team in Winnipeg after going winless in their previous six matches. N.W.T. took one set from P.E.I. in their previous match.

“It was awesome,” said Yukon male team head coach D’Arcy Hill. “We showed great resiliency after losing the first (set), made a few adjustments on the coaching side, and started to execute. It was a great back and forth match and I thought we did well.

“We recognized that they were having trouble blocking the middle, so we started to use the middle option more on offence more frequently.”

Yukon’s female team lost 25-23, 26-24, 25-22 to N.W.T. They went winless in Winnipeg, but they did go the distance against P.E.I., losing in five sets on Aug. 8. The set wins against P.E.I. were the first for Yukon in female volleyball at the Canada Games since 2005, getting shut down in straight sets in every match in 2009 and 2013.

P.E.I. placed 10th in both the male and female divisions last week.

“It’s definitely a new experience for me because I haven’t been to a big event like this before, besides nationals,” said Hayduck. “It’s been an amazing experience.”

“What’s been nice … our players got to know players from all across the country, which has been great for them,” said Hill.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Canada Summer GamesVolleyball

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


Sarah Lewis Photography/Team Yukon Yukon’s Austin Shaw spikes the ball against Saskatchewan on Aug. 9.

Yukon’s Austin Shaw spikes the ball against Saskatchewan on Aug. 9. (Sarah Lewis Photography/Team Yukon)

Yukon’s Austin Shaw spikes the ball against Saskatchewan on Aug. 9. (Sarah Lewis Photography/Team Yukon)

Yukon’s Manas Toews, left, and Arcel Siosan celebrate a point against N.W.T. at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg on Aug. 11. Yukon defeated N.W.T. to place 11th in male volleyball. (Sarah Lewis Photography/Team Yukon)

Yukon’s Skye Hanson goes for a kill against Nova Scotia on Aug. 9. (Sarah Lewis Photography/Team Yukon)

Just Posted

Mobile vaccine team Team Balto practises vaccine clinic set-up and teardown at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Mobile vaccine teams are heading out this week to the communities in order to begin Moderna vaccinations. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Mobile vaccine teams begin community vaccinations

“It’s an all-of-government approach”

The now empty lot at 410 Cook Street in Whitehorse on Jan. 19. As developers move forward with plans for a housing development that would feature 16 micro-units, they are asking city council for a zoning change that would reduce the number of required parking spaces. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Developer asks for zoning change

Would reduce the number of required parking spaces

The Liard First Nation is preparing to enter negotiations for self-governance with the territorial and federal governments. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News file)
Liard First Nation preparing to enter self-governance negotiations with Yukon, federal governments

Chief Stephen Charlie seeking an agreement separate from “dead end” UFA


Wyatt’s World for Jan. 20, 2021

A Copper Ridge resident clears their driveway after a massive over night snowfall in Whitehorse on Nov. 2, 2020. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the Whitehorse and Haines Junction areas for Jan. 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Winter storm warning for Haines Junction and Whitehorse

Environment Canada says the storm will develop Monday and last until Tuesday

Mayor Dan Curtis listens to a councillor on the phone during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on April 14, 2020. Curtis announced Jan. 14 that he intends to seek nomination to be the Yukon Liberal candidate for Whitehorse Centre in the 2021 territorial election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse mayor seeking nomination for territorial election

Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis is preparing for a run in the upcoming… Continue reading

Gerard Redinger was charged under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> with failing to self-isolate and failing to transit through the Yukon in under 24 hours. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Man ticketed $1,150 at Wolf Creek campground for failing to self-isolate

Gerard Redinger signed a 24-hour transit declaration, ticketed 13 days later

Yukon Energy, Solvest Inc. and Chu Níikwän Development Corporation are calling on the city for a meeting to look at possibilities for separate tax rates or incentives for renewable energy projects. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tax changes sought for Whitehorse energy projects

Delegates call for separate property tax category for renewable energy projects

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

The Fish Lake area viewed from the top of Haeckel Hill on Sept. 11, 2018. The Yukon government and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced they are in the beginning stages of a local area planning process for the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Local area planning for Fish Lake announced

The Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced in… Continue reading

Most Read