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Gaber takes her game to the next level


Paige Gaber is taking her high school championship experience to the next level.
Gaber helped the Gilbert Plains Trojans win three straight provincial volleyball titles, capturing the A/AA JV crown in 2017 before winning back-to-back varsity A titles the next two years.
Now she will try to help the Assiniboine Community College Cougars win a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference title after signing with the Cougars, last week.
According to Gaber, the Cougars were scouting the five senior players on the Trojans.
“They were talking to us five and were interested in us. And me and my best friend took it one step further and ended up talking to them more about it,” she said.
Gaber began playing volleyball at the age of 12. She ended her high school career by being named a 2019-20 graduating all-star.
Gaber had planned to attend ACC as a student, entering the Legal Administration program.
“I was going to go there for school anyway, so I thought it would be perfect,” she said.
Gaber has not talked to volleyball coach Jeff Maxwell about her role, yet, but she expects to have that conversation soon.
With no volleyball season because of the pandemic, Gaber followed some workout plans to stay in shape.
“I’ve been training pretty good recently and I’m still trying to find a job. But with this COVID, it’s been hard,” she said.
Gaber felt her experience winning three provincial high school championships played a role in the Cougars recruiting her.
“It’s not very common that you win three provincial titles in your high school career. I think that was pretty cool,” she said.
Gaber admits she is pretty loud on the court and communicates well with her teammates.
“If the girls get down or whatever, I’m usually the person to hype them back up,” she said.
But she hopes to learn not to get down on herself when she makes a mistake, which is something Gaber said she needs to work on.
Gaber is “super excited” to get back on the hardcourt.

Doug Zywina