EDMONTON, N.L. — Plenty of work and preparation has led the Atlantic Attack to the National Volleyball Championships this week.
The volleyball team has already landed in Edmonton and are primed to play in the national competition. They’ve been practicing since October, and many of the players have competed alongside one another for as long as they’ve played the sport.
For two players, captain Noah Moulton and Lucas Collins, they say they’re looking forward to the challenge. They both played in Waterloo this time last year.
“This year, we know what we’re looking forward to, so we have a better handle on it,” said Collins in an interview with The Packet.
Moulton adds the core of the team is tight-knit.
“We play as a team,” said Moulton. “We’re pretty close and can tell each other what we did wrong and stuff like that.”
He hopes to end up in tier two as a goal—but says winning a medal would be fun.
There will be plenty of volleyball to be played for the group. In fact, it will be double duty for several of the 16U players, as Moulton, Jacob Wiseman and Max Stoyles will stick around when their tournament is over and join the 17U team immediately following.
And for coach Glen Moulton, it’s a little like deja-vu. He knows the great experience of attending events like these, as he played in the 1983-84 Eastern Canadian tournament.
“We’re looking to be competitive,” the coach told The Packet. “It’s a learning experience. Most of them have played with Team NL last summer and we really felt that this was the next level they could go to expand their knowledge, durability and skill.”
He’s happy to see the players grow in their second tournament like this, and new players taking it all in. He just hopes they try to improve with each game they play.
Off the court, he says it’s character and team-building.
“The experience of travelling together as a group and helping and supporting each other—it’s just phenomenal, really.”
The team will expand its horizons, including getting to see a national men’s team match.
These trips take a lot of preparation and Coach Moulton also thanked their volunteers Kristian Hounsell, Shona Stoyles and Lisa Moulton for their hard work in helping make the trip happen.