Knights up to Parr

Volleyball: HTA advanced to playoffs

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 01:03 pm

Holy Trinity Academy Knight Brendan Dranchuk (8) tips a ball over the net against the Strathmore Spartans last month. The Knights had a strong showing in earning a playoff berth at the 3A provincials in Edmonton last weekend.
Holy Trinity Academy Knight Brendan Dranchuk (8) tips a ball over the net against the Strathmore Spartans last month. The Knights had a strong showing in earning a playoff berth at the 3A provincials in Edmonton last weekend.
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The Holy Trinity Academy Knights had to use a different tool to get his troops ready for a playoff showdown at the 3A provincial boys volleyball championship last weekend.

A cellphone.

The Knights thought they were eliminated after losing to the Edwin Parr Predators in three sets Friday in Edmonton. However, when the math was done, turns out they still had a pulse.

“We thought we were out and when we went to check the results they told us we had to play a tie-breaker set,” said Knights captain Micah Brown. “Some of the guys were getting ready to leave — we even had to call one of our guys to come back because he had already left.

The Knights returned to the court for a one-game showdown with the Predators and this time Holy Trinity Academy prevailed.

“We just relished the moment and came out and won that set pretty easily,” Brown said. “It was like we were given a second chance and we came out really hard.”

Knights coach Ross Rankin said his troops responded well to the pressure-cooker of a one-game playoff.

“The guys thought they were out and got their gear on and we’re really fired up,” Rankin said. “We ended up beating Edwin Parr pretty handily.”

The victory gave the Knights a third-place finish in their pool, which resulted in a Saturday morning quarterfinal match against the St. Martin de Porras Kodiaks out of Airdrie, who had finished second it their pool.

The Knights couldn’t quite put the Kodiaks asleep for the winter.

“We played very well and had a match point but we couldn’t quite seal them out,”

Rankin said. “They just beat us. Their defence was impeccable, they got everything up and their were no freebies. We didn’t just hand them the game, so there was consolation in that.”

Holy Trinity Academy was serving for the match at one point, but weren’t able to finish. The Airdrie school rallied from a 14-14 deficit to win 16-14 to eliminate the Knights.

Rankin is hoping his young squad can feed of the success of this season, in which the Knights won their first 3A South Central zone banner in school history.

“About half our starters are in Grade 11 so we will be looking at them to be our core for next year and we have some good Juniors moving up,” Rankin said. “We’re looking for provincials next year for sure . In no way is this year just a one-off.”

Brown agreed.

“This is one of the best seasons that Holy Trinity has ever had so it was really successful,” Brown said. “I’m proud of how we did so well.”

While Brown has played his final game for the Knights, Holy Trinity Academy will be loaded for bear next year.

“We have a lot of Grade 11 guys coming back who were the core of our team,” Brown said. Cole Canevero, Zane Dixon, Brendan Dranchuk, Zake Elias, Shaun Hofman…. They are going to be good. ”


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