Senior Volleyball Provincials
As the Senior Girls Volleyball team stepped off the plane in Prince George, it was -2° C, a mild day in northern BC in late November. While debating over who got to ride in which coach’s rented minivan, the nip in the air and the nip from Coach Fougner prompted us to find the nearest open seat. Our fleet of Dodge Caravans then rushed west to Vanderhoof to make it in time for the team picture, but not until a quick stop at the Save On Foods. Nutrition first!
Vanderhoof: The Geographical Centre of British Columbia, read the sign that marked our entrance into the heart of it all.
To start the championship tournament, a banquet was held to give the teams a chance to relax before the tough competition ahead. With an early rise the next day for opening ceremonies, the games had officially begun.
Day one consisted of pool play: two losses and one win left us ranked third so we would go on to play a second ranked team from another pool in the quarterfinals.
This game took place the morning of the second day of competition. A very close, intense first set gave high hopes to the girls; unfortunately, during the second set, Captain Linnea B was injured which resulted in the loss of a key player: hearts were heavy. Junior Reece FR stepped up to fill the position and the team fought hard, but we were unable to come out with the win.
We were left emotionally and physically drained, but, nevertheless, we played united in our last three games, fighting hard for each and every point. With a final outcome of twelfth place, the Senior Girls headed back to the airport empty handed.
Although our provincial result was not the hoped-for outcome, the senior girls enjoyed their season, including A North Island and Island crown, and were extremely thankful for being able to participate in Provincials with the help of our coaches, and support from each other.
Alex T, Allard ‘18