The Rustlers women's volleyball team spent the weekend in Saskatoon training and competing.
Friday, the Rustlers trained with the Senior Girls Volleyball team at Tommy Douglas High School and then scrimmaged against seven players from the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Women's Volleyball team. On Saturday, the Rustlers once again trained with the Tommy Douglas team and had an official match with the U of S Huskies.
The Rustlers dropped the match to the Huskies 3-0, but were close and competed hard in all of the sets. The Rustlers lost the sets 25-22, 25-23 and 26-24.
Sunday morning, the Rustlers and Huskies faced each other again, this time in split-squad scrimmages.
Rustler's Head Coach Austin Dyer was pleased with the weekend. "We got lots of reps in," Dyer said. "We ran two courts for everything except for the official scrimmage, so everyone played and trained the whole time."
While the Rustlers lost the official match to the Huskies, the experience was good for the team. "We had to play better defensively," Dyer said, "and we had to run our systems offensively to stay in the game."
The Rustlers were able to win several sets against the Huskies Friday night and Sunday morning in the scrimmages.
While the regular season is scheduled to begin in two weeks, Dyer is looking at the season as a whole, while planning for training.
"The 1st semester we are concerned about growing and getting better," Dyer said, "because the season is long. We need to take a big chunk of the beginning to make sure everyone is learning the systems and getting better."
In the first three weeks of play, the Rustlers face the teams who Dyer predicts will be strong this year, King's, Grande Prairie and NAIT, as these teams have been strong the past few years.
The Rustlers will travel to Edmonton on Thursday to scrimmage against NAIT, before playing their Regular Season and Home Opener against the King's Eagles on Friday, October 13th.