Since the first practice, the Senior A Girls have been scrappy & gritty. After losing 8 to graduation, new faces joined the returning 5 players to create an inspiring team. Barely 2 weeks in we headed to Vancouver where we competed in the UBC Invitational. Although some struggles arose, they motivated the team to push & win the division. Next, the team competed at Camosun, then ISAs: our skill level went nowhere but up. Out of the 16 teams at ISAs, the girls fought their way to a 5th place finish. Our impressive dynamic was showing & we began to realize our hard work was paying off.
Moving to playoffs, we competed at North Islands. After winning our Day 1 games, we made the finals vs. John Barsby. This was one of the turning points in the season as our true colours were revealed in this best of 5 match. Winning the first set, we were feeling confident, but we then lost the 2nd & 3rd sets. We started feeling down on ourselves, but still driven. Kenya did not let anyone think that there was a possibility of losing this game. After a hard battle in the 4th set, the team pushed through to win the 5th set & we were North Island Champs.
This spirit carried onto Islands, where we battled our way into finals yet again. With a massive at-home Brentwood crowd, the team played a difficult game against Pacific Christian, receiving silver at Islands, but qualifying for provincials in Vernon.
The previous year was the only time in 15 years that the team did not make provincials; this left a few girls uncertain the team would even qualify this year, but we made it. After a shaky first day, our momentum began to pick up & we won our final 4 matches of the tournament, finishing 12th out of 20. This was an impressive result for this amazing group of young athletes. Throughout the season, this team consistently displayed their inspiring team dynamic, cohesion, never-say-die attitudes, & with the exceptions of a few yellow cards, unmatched sportsmanship.
Lexus BJ Mack ‘20