Another Winning Weekend for Thunder Creek Volleyball Club of Moose Jaw


Two local teams reach Moose Jaw tournament semifinals before TCVC 1 wins title

If local high school volleyball fans are wondering how and why Moose Jaw suddenly became a powerhouse on the women’s side of the sport, they only had to watch the action last weekend at Peacock Gym.

Three Thunder Creek Volleyball Club teams were in action during a stoppage of the Sask Volleybal 15 & Under tournament in the Friendly City, and wouldn’t you know it, one of the local teams left with the t-shirts of the tournament championship.

That, in addition to TCVC 2 reaching the semi-finals of the tournament and two of the home teams taking first place in their respective round robin pools.

While the event wasn’t the biggest of its kind in the province, it served as a good indicator of the current situation with Moose Jaw club volleyball – tons of players making all sorts of wins throughout of the season.

“In every tournament we’ve been in, we’ve been in the top four,” said TCVC head coach Lorne Polupski. “We won the tournament in Regina last weekend and then again this weekend, so it looks like everything is going very well for us.

“We still have small issues with passing and serving or both that we miss, but once we get through that we’ll definitely be there with the top 10 if we’re not there already.”

It certainly doesn’t hurt that the team of coaches who run the show for TCVC are some of the same names doing the same at the high school level – Polupski, Krysta Caplette and Haylee Bevan are all coaches with the Women’s Provincial Champion 4A Peacock Laborers, Joe Gunnis with the Central Cyclones in contention for the provincial title, alongside fellow local volleyball luminaries Aly Bell and Nate Morhardt.

“That’s a huge part of it, we have so many great coaches helping these girls improve,” Polupski said. “It continues at the secondary level and really makes a difference.”

The eventual TCVC 1 Tournament Champions went undefeated in their round robin, winning 25-14, 25-17 over the Sun Dogs, 25-18, 25-6 over Estevan and 25-20, 23-25 ​​over Road 20.

TCVC 2 parted ways with the Butte Hurricanes 25-23, 17-25, swept Queen City 25-14, 25-20 and edged TCVC 3 25-23, 25-21.

The other TCVC 3 preliminary matches saw a 23-25, 25-11 tie with Butte and 26-24, 23-25 ​​with Queen City.

In the playoffs, TCVC 1 defeated Queen City in the quarter-finals, knocked out Butte in the semi-finals and capped their tournament title with a hard-fought victory at Route 20. TCVC 2 defeated Estevan in their playoff opener playoffs before falling on Route 20 in the semi-final; TCVC 3 fell on Route 20 in the quarterfinals.

All in all a solid weekend and just another sign of the growth of the sport in the city.

“It’s so exciting,” Polupski said. “Everything is taking off, our numbers have increased as players come back from COVID and you look at how good things are at the high school level right now, most of these players are coming out of our club… It’s a community club and we are developing skills for all secondary schools and it is going very well.

Thunder Creek will compete in a Sask Cup tournament next weekend, followed by provincial championships at the end of the month, followed by the national open championships in Edmonton in May.

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