Junior C Volleyball

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - By: Paula C, Hope ‘19; Photo by Jim Ganley

It was our first practice; we were all scared: most of us had never played before. Thirteen girls, new faces. We learned to play the game from the basics, having no idea if we might be successful. It might be a complete failure; we would probably be making fools of ourselves, but we knew that we had to give it a chance, we all had to try our best. 

We won our first set ever against Chemainus. It was a great first step. That moment really lifted the team: it helped us realize that if we worked hard we could own the game no matter who was on the other side of the court.

We practiced for three months, five hours a week. Ms. MacKenzie, our coach, taught us how to work as a team and develop our skills. Our last league game was against Q of A. The home crowd support, photographers, and the appearance of Mr. Patel turned the atmosphere in the gym electric. Our team had a big win in the first set, led by consistent serves and solid passing.

It seemed like just another sports day afternoon, but my teammates and I knew it wasn’t; it was tournament day. The amazing season we had was coming to an end. We were all very sad but also excited. Our team really came together and bonded to form a strong, cohesive unit. Although we didn't make it to the finals, we walked off the court with our heads held high. We accomplished what we set out to do; we played our best.

We had an amazing season: we had lots of fun, learned how to play volleyball, and created special bonds. Thanks to our amazing coach, Ms. MacKenzie, who believed in us and helped us grow as a team and as teammates. Not only did we learn to play volleyball, we also learned that the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect who the winner is; we learned to trust ourselves and our teammates and that trying our best is what brings the most joy and satisfaction. I will miss our practices, Ms. MacKenzie, and my teammates, and I will treasure the great memories of the season.  

Paula C, Hope ‘19, Captain                                                                                                                   

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