When it comes to the mental and physical grind of the second half of a varsity season in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, teams need to be prepared. Whether a team is fighting for a playoff spot, looking to improve on the first half of the season, or making a run at a provincial championship, avoiding a slow start in January is critical. With a strong slate of exhibition matches over the break, the Royals will look to avoid skipping a beat in 2014.
With University exams occurring and a long Christmas break looming, the Royals plan to open 2014 prepared after a number of holiday trips that will see Redeemer’s teams traveling across North America.
The men’s volleyball team will take its 6-3 record for a weeklong trip to British Columbia. The Royals depart on Dec. 31 for a series of exhibition games, high school clinics, recruiting events, and training opportunities as they station themselves in Langley. While in B.C., the Royals will combine training with exhibition games against some of the top men’s programs in the country.
With a steady stream of B.C. volleyball talent making its way to Redeemer, the Royals are excited to build on their strong relationships on the west coast. Currently, Redeemer boasts five players from British Columbia.
Since the men’s team introduced its Christmas Break trip in 2009, Redeemer has won three OCAA medals, tying them for the most of all men’s volleyball teams in the past four years.
The Lady Royals women’s volleyball team will make its first ever Christmas Break trip out of the Country over the holidays, leaving for Tampa, Florida on Dec. 29 for a week.
For the Royals, the trip is very straightforward. The team will play very strong competition over the course of the trip in order to maximize their time heading into a crucial part of the season. The Royals sit with a 6-3 record and will look to develop physical and mental toughness in order to position themselves for a spot in the provincial championships.
While in the sunny south, Redeemer will face a number of Canadian Interuniversity Sport teams including McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Queens University, and the University of Moncton.
The men’s basketball team will look to keep its mid-season form while staying home to face the George Brown Huskies on Dec. 31 as well as the University of Toronto on Jan. 2. The 4-5 Royals will be in the middle of a playoff push when 2014 begins and they hope that some balanced competition in Toronto will fill out their Christmas Break nicely.