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SunDogs teams find stiff competition at tournament

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The Great Plains College SunDogs players knew they were going to face some tough competition at the South vs. West Tournament in Swift Current Nov. 1-2.


Hosting the event allowed teams from Alberta to visit both the college and the Swift Current Comp. High School gymnasiums.
There was some good and some not so good results (complete results below).
For women’s coach Morgan Montgomery’s squad, it was proof her charges could play with some of the better college squads.
“I was really pleased with the girls this weekend,” says Montgomery.
She says the team was especially impressive against the Prairie Pilots Saturday morning where they lost in three sets. The definitive game in the match was the second one where the SunDogs lost 23-25 in a major battle.
“Everyone was communicating well in that one. They were playing as a team and not as individuals,” explains Montgomery.
They had a rough go to conclude the second day of action, but all was not lost.
“We know where we can improve,” says Montgomery. “Through the whole thing, the defence was communicating really well. The girls started to learn to communicate on offence. They can create some confusion at the end by (talking more). They learned to be loud and vocal and that was causing some confusion at the net. Overall, our (offensive) plays are a lot more forced to begin with but they learned how each player is going to react. For example, Jocelyn (Martin) as the setter, she is learning where everyone likes the ball for a spike. They are getting more confident in each other.
“Some of the losses early in the year can be equated to the trust factor. Now that they’ve got that over with, they’re not thinking and just playing.”
Martin agrees and says they are starting to peak at the right time.
“We’ve made few big strides lately,” says Martin. “In our league (Prairie Athletic Conference), we’ve been playing well and beating the other teams. It’s nice going into the playoffs with some momentum.”
The Sundogs’ last league matches are Nov. 13 at the college vs. the Palliser Panthers. The PAC championships will be played in Moose Nov. 15-16. On Nov. 27, the SunDogs will host the Battle of the Southwest with the Millar College of the Bible Edge.
The Pambrun/Swift Current clash will take place at the Irwin School gymnasium.
South vs. West Tournament Results
Nov. 1
• The GPC Sundogs men lost to the Canadian University College (CUC): 25-21; 20-25; 10-15.
• The men then played the Prairie Pilots who won in two sets: 25-18; 25-8.
• The Sundogs women won against CUC in two sets: 25-14; 25-22.
• The women also lost to the Prairie Pilots in two sets: 19-25; 14-25.
Nov. 2
• Sundogs women win vs. Prairie Pilots: 25-20; 23-25; 17-15.
• Women lost to Ambrose Lions twice: 15-25; 20-25 and 15-25; 18-25.
• Men lost to Ambrose Lions: 23-25; 11-25 and 22-25; 9-25.

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