Bobcats share their skills with youth and win big

Proud former Bobcat and coach Craig Lowe with his team’s banner from the national competition. (Holly Kalyniuk / The Quill)

Bobcats never sleep, at least not the Bobcats at Brandon University.

After the volleyball season came to a close with the acquisition of a spectacular national title for the first time since the formation of BU’s volleyball program nearly a decade ago, former left side junior Craig Lowe coached Brandon Volleyball Club 16U to success in their division at the 2013 16U Canadian West Open in Calgary, Alberta from May 18th to 20th.

Beginning in the winter, Lowe helped develop the skills of the young athletes from the Brandon area. After months of tough competition, the team was initially ranked among the last teams in Manitoba at the provincial tournament. The underdogs stunned and impressed when they took B Division 2 by storm over the weekend, with a 3-0 game streak against Vernon Thunder, Sub Zero 16U Boys from Whitehorse and Vikings 16U from Camrose, losing only one set throughout the entire weekend.

Later this summer, Lowe will team up with former Bobcat left side freshman Brooke Huculak to host volleyball clinics in the Westman area. Aimed at improving the indoor and outdoor volleyball skill of high school youth, Southern Cross Volleyball Camps offer participants an opportunity to learn different training techniques and eating habits that “can propel you to your best playing ability” from athletes that have experience playing across Canada and internationally.

“Beach volleyball camps will be held Friday to Sunday every weekend in June, [with] each weekend being a different age group,” said Huculak, who is eager to begin. “Beach volleyball is an awesome way to have fun in the sun and greatly improve indoor skills.”

To register for camps or obtain more information, Huculak encourages athletes to email and visit their Facebook page.