Let the 2015-2016 Season Begin

Wow! Is it the middle of October already?

Tomorrow we kick off the 2015-2016 season, at home, against one of the best teams in our league, Charleroi. But let’s take a step back and see what has lead us up to this point.

October 17, 2015: BBG vs Charleroi – 17:00 @ Rue de Volta

Preseason is always a roller coaster ride. Trying to create a connection between a group of athletes who, for the most part, have never played together before is tough. But it’s also a great opportunity, because with each match you have the freedom to try new things and take large risks, with less pressure on the outcome.

Although we had a rocky start, playing two strong French teams including Cannes and Terville, we have steadily progressed as a team. In our recent matches we have slowly started to find our rhythm. Even with the inconsistency, it isn’t hard to see the incredible potential of this team. It’s what you hope to see in this stage, the team finding solutions and growing each game. Now this is where the real fun starts!

Competition Day. There’s something intangible about competing in sport, the excitement, nerves and atmosphere, something hard to create in any other aspect of your life. I believe it’s the reason many athletes have a difficult transition post-sport, because we miss being in the centre of that intense pressure which only competition brings. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big sports fan, but watching from the outside just isn’t the same for me.

It’s going to be a tough start for our team with a few injuries and the odds definitely against us. But nothing is impossible. Which calls for a little throwback photo from the CIS Championship Quarterfinals in my 3rd year of University, where we came in ranked 7th only to beat 2nd ranked Montreal in straight sets (3-0).

And so, we begin our journey towards playoffs, et pour Bar-bar! 

EDMONTON, ALTA.: MARCH 5, 2010 -- University of Alberta Pandas Jaki Ellis celebrates a point on the University of Montreal Carabins with her teammates during the fourth and final quarter-final matchup at the CIS Woman's Volleyball Nationals at the U of A main gym in Edmonton on March 5, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).
EDMONTON, ALTA. — University of Alberta Pandas Jaki Ellis celebrates a point on the University of Montreal Carabins with her teammates during the fourth and final quarter-final matchup at the CIS Woman’s Volleyball Nationals at the U of A main gym in Edmonton. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).
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One thought on “Let the 2015-2016 Season Begin

  1. I like this spirit, your spirit. The one of this introduction as well as the one of your performance during the first match against Charleroi. We lost but we played as a real team, not as a “assembly of different dignitaries”. I’m sure that we’ll make good results when we’ll recover the injured players and when we ‘ll stop to be too generous with the opposing team ;-). See soon. Best to you. Jp.

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