A handful of Wesmen-connected club volleyball teams took home medals from the Volleyball Manitoba club provincials around the city last weekend.
The Winnipeg Strike 18U boys, formerly the Jr. Wesmen, struck gold for the third straight year defeating the WinMan Warriors 2-0 (25-15, 27-25) in the gold-medal match Sunday at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. Wesmen men's volleyball commit Josh Terin was named a tournament all-star for the Strike, which won at the 17U and 16U levels the previous two seasons.
The team, which trains at UWinnipeg's Duckworth Centre, finished in the medals in five tournaments during the club season, winning three. Strike will now move on to the Volleyball Canada nationals May 8-11 in Toronto. The team is coached by former Wesmen Rob Olfert, who had former Wesmen Evan Alexander and current Wesmen assistant Lindsey Habib as assistant coaches. Additionally, the team features 2019 Wesmen commits Justin Stecher and Ben Traa.
In addition, the 204 Volleyball Club, which was coached by former Wesmen Garrett Jones, grabbed gold in the U14 boys tournament, defeating Selkirk in the championship.
On the girls side, two Jr. Wesmen clubs finished in third place in the 17U and 18U classes.
In the 17U bracket, the Jr. Wesmen beat Virden's Club West Rage in the bronze-medal match after falling to eventual champion WinMan Force in a semifinal.
In the 18U bracket, the Jr. Wesmen Black squad beat the Cobras in the bronze-medal match, while the Jr. Wesmen Red team finished in fifth.
Wesmen commits Selva Planincic and Alexa Wieczorkiewicz suited up for the Jr. Wesmen Black squad.