Left to right: Faith Meisner

Left to right: Faith Meisner

Trafalgar Thunder dominated first volleyball tournament of season

The Nelson players win 12 of 13 games at Mt. Sentinel Thursday.

Trafalgar Thunder dominated at their first tournament of the 2015 season winning 12 of 13 games at Mt. Sentinel on Thursday. Although it is a Grade 8 league, the Thunder’s have two Grade 6 and three Grade 7 students on their team.

The Thunders travel to different schools during the week with two teams made up of 15 players with only three subs, which coach Staci Proctor said is low compared to other years. The school usually has 24 players, but in-spite of the lowest numbers yet Proctor said they are still strong.

Coaching for over 10 years, as well as playing on the Trafalgar team as a student, Proctor has started a volleyball academy for their Long Life Explorations curriculum. With 33 girls and one boy practicing two extra hours a week, Proctor suspects this is probably why they have been successful this early in the season. Other than that the Thunders practice twice a week for half an hour during lunch as Proctor said there are too many conflicting activities after school.

Their volleyball season runs until the end of November with a West Kootenay tournament at Mt. Sentinel. The Thunders are the reigning champions.