GOLD!!

Monday, December 03, 2007 - By: Jill Fougner

For the second year in succession, the Brentwood College Senior Girls volleyball team are provincial champions.  In fairytale fashion, the girls defeated #2-ranked Kalamalka 20-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-17 to win the coveted golden ball.   Overcoming incredible hurdles (all of the starting lineup were stricken with the flu bug) along the way, the team placed first in their round-robin and defeated Seycove in the first round of the playoffs. In their quarter-final match, they soundly defeated Fraser Valley Christian School 25-14, 25-16, 25-14.  Not to be outdone by their teammates, Megan Jackson and Quinn Erickson became stricken with the dreaded flu bug late Friday night.  The coaching staff became a bit panic stricken (to say the least) and tried to figure out how they were going to replace these two starters for the semi-final match Saturday morning.   Megan managed to make it to the start of the match 15 minutes before game time, dressed and ready for a gutsy performance.  Quinn was taken to hospital where she was immediately put on intravenous and given 3 litres of saline solution. Stepping in to fill some rather large shoes, Shelby Michaels (the lone Grade 9 rookie filled in brilliantly and played like a veteran.   Playing for Quinn, the girls hammered Pacific Academy in 3 straight games.  Stefanie Steinbrink Kelly and Anne Huis in 't Veld had an incredible day and had many phenomenal moments. On to the finals... 
Motivated by a  visit from last year's team captain, Liz Cosulich, who flew out from Nova Scotia to surprise the team, the girls felt confident preparing for a showdown against the big team from Kalamalka.  Fifteen minutes before game time, Quinn Erickson, showed up at the Brentwood bench in uniform after just being released from the hospital. After losing the first game 20-25 in a shaky start, the team found themselves down 8-4 in the second game.  In a 'TSN turning point' moment, Quinn Erickson was subbed on to the court and five minutes later, when she was subbed back off, Brentwood were ahead 9-8. From there, the team never looked back, and soundly drubbed Kalamalka 25-11. With spectacular defence from Mariya Young, bone-crushing hitting and precision serving from Stefanie and Megan, superb leadership and quality playing from captain Anne Huis in't Veld, wall-like blocks from Tessa Felix and superior setting and quarterbacking from Danica Lagasse the girls closed out the match, winning the third game 25-20 and the fourth 25-17.  Danica Lagasse was named to the first All-Star team and Tessa Felix was named the tournament's MVP.  If there was an Inspirational Award given out it would go to Megan Jackson and Quinn Erickson. All the girls played like all-stars throughout the tournament!!!

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