The national event was huge for both Yorkton players.
“It was amazing. There were so many teams, and for us it was great to do so well,” said Andres. “It’s something I will always remember.”
In terms of memories, Andres said the last two years were lost due to COVID, and the year before he was injured, so his time with the Regina team was huge.
“It was one of the highlights that I will never forget,” he said.
Reid Pfeifer said that while he played at the nationals when he was in Regina as a member of the local Bongos, the Edmonton event was more impressive.
“It was a whole different atmosphere. A lot more people, a lot of high end volleyball that you don’t often see in person,” he said.
As a player, seeing top players was a great part of the event, said Reid Pfeifer.
“I watch the players in my position, I watch the things they do and I don’t do,” he said, adding that he can then work on incorporating some new moves into his Game.
Both Pfeifer and Andres have been recruited by the RVC (Regina Volleyball Club) men’s U18 team to play with them throughout the Club’s season for the past five months.
The RVC is a “very high-end competitive team made up of most of the best players from Regina, Moose Jaw and area,” said Yorkton volleyball coach Dion Pfeifer.
“Both boys had spent the past four years with local team Bongo – but the RVC team were building a team that would compete at the highest level – and were also going to compete at the Nationals in Edmonton.”
According to Reid Pfeifer, the experience ended up surprising him.
“It was actually better than I thought it would be,” he said.
Coach Pfeifer said the boys had to put in a lot of effort to play with RVC.
“The boy’s commitment was second to none as they traveled to Regina for Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon practices every week from January through May,” he reported, adding that they had a lot to offer to the Regina team.
“They have also played with the Saskatchewan team for the past four years – and have therefore brought a lot of experience and skill to the RVC club.”
“It was nice to have a buddy to carpool,” Andres said.
The team headed to the 15 ranked national championshipse in Division 2.
On the opening day of the competition, the team went 3-0 in pool play, then went 2-1 on day two to place second in pool, advancing to the level playoffs. I, where they beat an Ontario team that was ranked number one. 2-1, then last 2-1 against a team from Quebec in the quarter-finals, to finish fifth overall in rank I of their division.
“The team had a great weekend – and Reid (outside forward) and Austin (midfielder) definitely contributed to the team’s success,” said Dion Pfeifer. “Both were starters in the RVC team. Reid was the captain for the season. Both boys had a great weekend as they showed off their skills with the best players in Canada.
The team finished highest of all Saskatchewan teams at their division’s national championships.