Volleyball players working to stay sharp during hiatus
December 12, 2012
The senior and junior girls’ volleyball teams at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School are doing their best not to let politics dampen their game.
Having started their season last week with two wins against rival teams in the region, both teams are now currently caught in the midst of a labour dispute between teachers and the province that has mothballed all games from Dec. 10 into the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, coach Christine Mortimer said the girls are showing remarkable dedication by staying fit and sharp on their own time.
“Wednesday was our last game, but the girls were not only willing but still wanting to come out to their Friday, 7 a.m. practice,” she said. “That’s the kind of dedication that they have. Even though the practice wasn’t leading into any games, they were all wanting to come out and practice as long as they could.”
Both teams had won their first games of the season against Almaguin Highlands Secondary School on Tuesday, Dec. 4, followed by another victorious run at Gravenhurst High School the following day. In their bout against the Gravenhurst Gryphons, the junior team won three sets handily with scores of 25-7, 25-5 and 26-24. The seniors won in four sets with scores of 25-13, 25-19, 17-25 and 25-10.
“They did a good job, but as far as things are coming, having the playing end right now is really difficult because they just have so much potential, and they didn’t get a chance to reach their potential,” said Mortimer. “They’re just as sad as I am. Everyone is quite upset about this.”
Though the girls no longer have a suitable facility to practice volleyball in, Mortimer has told them to do what they can to stay in shape at home.
“At this point now I’m not allowed to practice with them, but I’ve given them specific instructions to keep in good physical condition, and to practice jumping at home,” said Mortimer. “Lots of jumping, lots of cardio work, just keeping their strength up is what I’m asking them to do.”
Both staff and students, Mortimer said, are hoping the games will be able to resume soon.
“It’s all sort of waiting for contract negotiations and hopefully all this political mess to clear up,” she said.
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