RaiTec back on the court for new season

Davidson’s Elena Nykiforuk jumps up to strike the ball during a senior girls volleyball game against the LCBI Lady Bisons on Wednesday.

Davidson’s Elena Nykiforuk jumps up to strike the ball during a senior girls volleyball game against the LCBI Lady Bisons on Wednesday.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — There’s plenty of new faces on the RaiTec senior girls volleyball team this year.

Manager Sandra Baldwin said that five Grade 10 players have joined this fall, taking the place of five Grade 12 players who graduated in June.

Three other players did not return this year, making for a very different lineup, but Baldwin said she likes what she’s seeing so far.

“Things are looking very positive,” she said, adding that they are aiming to get the younger and older players working together and “clicking” as a team.

“We also look forward to doing as well as we can,” Baldwin continued. “It would be nice to make a return trip to provincials, but it’s pretty early.”

The team includes players from both Davidson and Loreburn, and its name comes from a combination of the schools’ teams, the Raiders and the Aztecs.

Last year’s RaiTec team was highly successful, enjoying many tournament wins and capping off the season with a gold-medal win at 2A provincial championships in November.

Coach Tony Baldwin returned to his post this year, assisted by Jacey Sanden. The team has a lineup of 11 players.

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