Cold Lake men win volleyball gold

Cold Lake goes on the attack against Comox at the CAF Canada West volleyball championships.
Photo by: Cpl Bryce Cooper

Jeff Gaye

The Cold Lake men’s volleyball team has repeated as CAF Canada West champions.

The men’s and women’s regional tournaments were played in Winnipeg last week. Cold Lake made the semi-finals in women’s competition but bowed out to the host team, who went on to take the title.

The men’s tournament had six teams – Cold Lake, Winnipeg, Wainwright, Shilo, Comox and Edmonton. Cold Lake finished round robin play
with a 3-2 record including losses to Winnipeg and Comox. This gave them fourth place and a berth in the semi-final against first-place Edmonton.

The semi-final win set up a rematch against Comox in the final.

“They were a really strong team,” said MCpl Gord Lee, Cold Lake’s playing coach. “We came out strong and won the first two sets. Then they fought back for two sets. It was a really close match that came down to the end in the fifth set, and we pulled off the win.

“I’m really proud of my guys.”

The team lost MCpl Lee to an ankle injury on the second day of competition, but they were able to pick up a “floater” from Esquimalt to cover the setter position.

The women’s team finished third overall in their five-team tournament, with a win over Edmonton and losses to Winnipeg, Esquimalt and Comox. They lost to second-place Winnipeg in the semifinal.

Winnipeg beat Comox in five sets to win the women’s championship.