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Hey Cougars fans,

The road back to national success continues for us, the Cougar's women's volleyball team, as we enter into the new semester.

Julie Deveson.

We were back in the gym, working harder than ever with two-a-day practices during the winter break along with a new member of our team, Red Deer College and University of Calgary (U of C) transfer, middle blocker, Sammy Fraser.

After a tough week in practice and working Sammy into our rotation, we hit the court for the TimberTown Invitational tournament, which we actually hosted.

We got off to a good start with two wins against Concordia University and Algonquin College. Our third day of pool play led us to a match against the University of Calgary.

For anyone who happened to see this game, it was evidently a well fought battle between two talented teams but unfortunately we came up short in the end with a final score of 15-13 in the fifth set of the match.

We moved on to the semi-final of the tournament where we took a 3-1 win over NAIT and that moved us into the final to once again face U of C.

The final was another neck and neck game where once again U of C came out on top in the fifth set by only a small spread of points. The tournament was an over all success for us, and it was great to get to compete against a strong team from the CIS who we will be up against next year.

After a solid few days of tournament play, we took a break from the gym for a day before out first league match of the semester against Medicine Hat College.

Our day off did not consist of a total break from volleyball however, as we met with a mentor and went through some team bonding exercises to contribute to the journey back to the championship. It was a great day, full of learning about each other and growing not only as a team, but also as individuals.

Coming out of the session with the mentor, we were ready to get back onto Kenyon Court for our match against the Alberta Colleges Athlete Conference's top ranked team, the MHC Rattlers.

We split on the weekend with a tough 2-3 loss on Friday night at home, but came back at them strong the next day in Medicine Hat with a 3-1 victory.

While we currently maintain our national CCAA first place ranking, we know that the road back only gets harder from this point on, but we are more than up to the challenge!

Until next time,

Julie Deveson