Junior A Volleyball
From the first day of the season, our determined group of athletes exhibited promise and resolve to prove themselves as a team. That spirit and focus would work both in our favour and, at times, against us as the season transpired. We had moments of elation and tremendous success and moments that we had to do our best to forget as quickly as they happened. Fortunately, the positives far outweighed any tough times we had and our number of personal and team victories were many.
We hosted three tournaments – our annual invitational, the ISAs and the Islands. All were exciting events and we enjoyed our fair share of victories. These events also helped strengthen the resolve of our team. At ISAs, for example, the girls fought hard to go undefeated through pool play after beating a resilient team from Crofton House. However, when we met that team again in the medal round, we just missed out on capturing a medal in a close three-set match. Determined to learn from this experience, this team went to the Central Islands with a steely determination. Without dropping a set, the girls easily handled teams from Kelsey, Lake Cowichan, Shawnigan and Gulf Islands to claim our fourth championship in a row. It was a dominant performance!
The girls managed to claim a berth at the Provincials for the first time in quite a while: practices intensified, as the girls wanted to leave their mark. Once we arrived in Delta for the 32-team challenge, the girls prepared themselves for a difficult draw. We faced teams from Seaquam, MEI and MacNeill. These teams were more experienced and had all played together for a number of years. After a tough defeat to a cagey team from the host school, the girls managed to persevere over MacNeill and get their first win at the tournament. With confidence at an all time high, we took on a perennial powerhouse in MEI and suffered a narrow defeat after some of our best play of the year. When the dust settled on the weekend, we claimed 23rd spot and were very proud of the growth in skill, attitude, and mental toughness throughout the year.
With solid leadership and strong play from Nairee P & Alex T, tough blocking from Zara P, Hannah M & Amy C, accurate setting from Thea H & Aleah G, timely passing and hitting from Eva S, Emma M & Matilda L and all-around play from Reece FR (who played in several positions throughout the year) the future of the girls volleyball program is certainly one full of promise!