Getting Set For a Great Season!
Senior A Volleyball is in full swing after the UBC Mizuno Tournament this past weekend. Over half of the girls are new to the team, so these matches were a chance to familiarize ourselves with rotations and positions before league games start in October. After only one practice together, the team demonstrated immense grit and joy on the court and finished first in the Blue Division!
Spirits were high for our pool play matches on Friday after visits from some old Brentonians who are currently UBC students. The competition was tough and the Brentwood girls faced off against some of the top teams in the province before winning our last game of the day against Earl Marriot after a kill down the line from Ella W, Mackenzie ‘25.
After a restful night of pizza, homework, and team bonding, we were ready for bracket play on Saturday. The team started the day off strong with a quick two-set win against Mission. Our quarter-final match was a fairly close game against Vernon, but after a 10-point serving run by Valentina S, Hope ‘23 in the first set and a well-placed attack by Ella K, Allard ‘24, in the second set, the team emerged victorious and moved on to the semi-finals match against West Point Gray. During the game, strong attacks from our front row, especially by Sophie H, Mack ‘23, kept our offense aggressive and helped the Brentwood girls etch out a victory to advance to the finals.
The finals match was against Mulgrave– a strong AA team we played at provincials last year– and after playing three games in the morning, the team was definitely tired, but managed to find the last of our energy to pull out a three-set victory and claim the gold medal for our division!
This weekend was proof that teamwork really does make the dream work; with very little experience playing together, the Brentwood girls quickly adapted, and after seven matches, we were working not as individuals but as a unified team. “It went well,” remarked Kay Kay A, Mack ‘23. “We played some really good teams, but it forced us to work together and by the end of the tournament we had improved a lot.”
The coaching staff held a similar sentiment. “It was a great opening tournament because we saw some of the top teams in the province and we were able to try many different lineups with great success!” stated Head Coach, Jill Fougner.
The team’s accomplishments at this weekend’s tournament have certainly laid a foundation for a great season and we are excited to bump, set, and spike our way to the top this year!
Maxine P, Alex ‘23