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Outlaws off and running

2014 / 10 / 07

The 2014/2015 edition of the Maverick Outlaws used the opportunity to work the University of Ottawa Gee Gees Women's tournament as a team building weekend.

The Outlaws, numbering 11 athletes welcomed four new additions to a team that finished 10th at the 2014 15U Eastern Canadian Open. Although the core of athletes returned to the team it was still important for the team to bond and to continue their development by watching CIS women's volleyball and learn from some very respected CIS coaches.

The Outlaws were able to have a post match session with the head coaches of last two OUA Women's Champions, Tim Louks (McMaster - 2014 Champions) and Lionel Woods (Ottawa - 2013 Champions). The coaches shared their game plan with the athletes and how they executed their game plan against one another. This allowed our Outlaws to learn the importance of tactics in a volleyball match and how the top level teams prepare for competition by reviewing game footage and adjusting to their opponent’s tendencies.

Day two had us at Montpetit gym bright and early to work with Jilliane Goulet, Head Coach of the UNB Varsity Reds. Coach Goulet along with the Varsity Red athletes worked with the Outlaws on arm swing and making shots in play. Our Outlaws worked the remainder of the day as minor officials where they were treated to some very high level pre-season games between the University of Ottawa (8 of 13 on the roster are former Maverick athletes), McGill University (one alumnus), Ryerson University, Guelph University and the Université de Sherbrooke.

That evening the setters on the team was able to have a Skype conversation with Mackenzie Dagostino, of the NCAA 9th ranked University of Florida Gators,  USA Junior National Women's Team and the USA Collegiate National Team. Mackenzie shared her experiences with the Outlaws setters and answered questions for them about technical and tactical skills of an elite setter.

The last day of the weekend had the Outlaws up early once again to work with Dustin Reid, Head Coach of Ryerson University and a former National Team libero. Coach Reid worked with the Outlaws on passing serve and team defence. The Outlaws were treated to a very good gold medal match between the Gees Gees and McGill Martlets where the Gee Gees prevailed 3 sets to 1.

Although it was a very long weekend the Outlaws achieved what they had set out to do and that was to bond as a team and to learn from the coaches and players at the next level.

The team would like to thank Sarah and Nathalie for your assistance throughout the whole weekend. It was much appreciated.

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Outlaws with UNB Coaching Staff

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