Just one week after a Pandas soccer-heavy Team Alberta captured a fourth-place finish at the Canada Summer Games, both Alberta volleyball teams have put themselves into medal contention in Winnipeg. After pool play, the Alberta women's team owns an unblemished 5-0 record, with a roster loaded with Pandas volleyball recruits. The men, meanwhile, finished second in Group A with a 4-1 record, earning a spot in the Canada Summer Games quarter-final.
Pandas volleyball recruits Julia Zonneveld, Elyse Hart, Emma Kieftenbeld, Myja Wildenhoff, and Jenae Eisler have led Alberta to the 5-0 record. All five will be first year Pandas next season, under head coach Laurie Eisler. Alberta knocked off Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario to book their spot in the national semifinal. Kieftenbeld, Wildenhoff, Eisler, as well as fellow team Alberta athletes Kacey Jost, Lauryn Tremblay, and Lizzie Reimer are also products of the Pandas Volleyball Club.
The Pandas connections on team Alberta don't end there, as the team is led by Pandas volleyball assistant coach Christine Smyth. Pandas volleyball alumni Jen Telfer (2001-2004), and University of Alberta MCoach student, and Pandas Volleyball club coach Carolyn O'Dwyer are also on Smyth's staff.
While the Alberta men's team doesn't have any Golden Bears volleyball recruits, they are led by a pair of familiar faces. Golden Bears associate coach Brock Davidiuk has helped guide Alberta to their 4-1 record as their head coach, while Bears assistant coach Dale Johns is also an assistant on team Alberta.
The women now await the winner of the Nova Scotia vs New Brunswick quarter-final, while the men look to book their spot in the semifinal with a quarter-final win over Saskatchewan. All medal round matches of the Canada Summer Games will streamed live online at http://sportscanada.tv/canadagames/.
Photo Courtesy: Canada Summer Games