It's been a storied season for the Cochrane High senior girls varsity volleyball team and just one set separated them from winning the 3A provincial title in a three-day tournament hosted by Sylvan Lake, Nov. 23 to 25.
The Cobras came out of their pool undefeated to advance to the 'A' playoffs. The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute gave them a good run for a berth into the gold medal game, but the Cobras won the third and determining set, 19-17. The gold medal match against St. Joseph's Celtics, of Grande Prairie also saw a third set forced, with the Celtics coming out on top, 15-12.
Head Coach Mike Sieben was impressed with how the team performed at the provincials, and throughout the season.
"I was pretty happy with the way they played," says Sieben. "Everybody does their best to get there and sometimes it's just one or two points that makes the difference. St. Joe's is a good team and we'll have another shot at it next year."
The Cobras have no shortage of hardware in recognition of their accomplishments. They won 43 of their 45 matches and along the way won three tournaments and the Rocky View Sports divisional and 3A south central zone championships.
Of the two matches they lost, one was against Western Canada High School, a 4A Calgary school, at a University of Calgary tournament and the provincial gold medal match.
Three of the current team members are graduating this year and they have a strong core of younger players that potentially will return next season.
Meanwhile, the senior boys team were also in their 3A provincial tournament, hosted by Strathmore, and won one of their five matches in the opening round robin. Despite this, the Cobras had a strong season, winning the Rocky View divisional title in a close match up against the Springbank Phoenix, then claiming the silver medal in the 3A south central zone playoffs.