Burt says volleyball championship run required solid team effort

Dave Kearsey
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Myla Burt is seen during practice at Corner Brook Regional High gymnasium Wednesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Myla Burt says it’s nice to be recognized for her efforts on the hardcourt, but sharing a championship with her teammates definitely meant more to her.

Burt, daughter of Corner Brook’s Peter and Sheila, was named Most Valuable player when the Corner Brook Titans 16U female volleyball team won gold at the provincial championships, held in Corner Brook earlier this year.

“Having fun with the team and winning was more rewarding,” Burt said earlier this week.

The Titans went undefeated at the tournament, which featured 27 teams.

They beat Holy Trinity of St. John’s in the final to finish with a perfect 6-0 record and 12-0 in sets. The same squad, which also featured Paulina Martinez, a tournament all-star selection, claimed the gold medal for western in female volleyball at the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Clarenville.

Burt may be one of the key cogs in the machine, but she insists it was a total team effort and the depth of the team shone through.

“I think we’ve had so much success because a lot of teams only have six or seven players, but we have a full 12,” she said. “We’re really deep as a team and we all really support each other well on and off the floor.”

With such a strong roster, she believes coaches George and Jennifer Dolomount have the luxury of using players in a variety of roles.

“You can put anyone on the floor on any given day and we can all play well,” she said.

Being a dominant force in Newfoundland and Labrador is one thing, but Burt acknowledges the competition gets a tad tougher when the opposition has rosters with bigger, stronger and experienced players. But that’s part of the reason the team is excited about the next venture — the Canadian East Open Championship, May 2-4 in Sherbrooke, Que.

Burt likes how the team has become a close-knit group who rally around each other on and off the court, something she sees as a key to the team’s success.

She believes the team chemistry is where it should be, which should help put some wins on the board in Sherbrooke.

“It’s a big tournament with a lot of good teams and it’s really fun to play up there against these teams,” she said.

“I think our team will do great at the Eastern Canadians. We’ve been training and practising hard all year. Our coaches have been coaching us very well all year and I think we’re ready to go up there and play with some of the teams ... and have some really good games together.”

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Holy Trinity Sherbrooke

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