by Brittney Martin
Grade 12 student Brittney Martin recounts the girls’ experience of success.
Last week, the Senior Girls volleyball team claimed the title of Lower Island Champions, with six amazing wins and no losses. Having spent the season in intense league play, it wasn’t an easy trip to the top.
In the first round, we handily beat Esquimalt and St. Andrews, but had a tough match against Lambrick. The game went into the third set, but SMUS came out ahead with a nail-biting 15-12 win. After a tough night, we were more determined than ever to be the top team in the last leg of the competition.
The team travelled to Pacific Christian School to play for the Vic Lindel Cup, which represents the best senior volleyball team on the lower island in divisions A, AA, and AAA combined. After a rushed start, since there had been a misprint in the schedule and we arrived fifteen minutes late for our first game, we literally dove in and beat St. Andrews in two straight sets. Next, we faced PCS, a strong defensive team. Despite strong hits from our side, PCS was persistent and the game went to the third set. SMUS finished strong with a momentous lead, a win that was well-deserved. Again, we met Lambrick Park in the final.
A different team stepped out onto the court in the final match. We had never been so determined to win and never been so close to a title. After a rollercoaster of a season, we really peaked at the right time. We took the momentum early on with strong serving by Samm Dark. Consistent defensive passes from Jess Qualley, enabled the setter, me, to give top hitters Shelby Boehm and Trina Macintosh ideal sets. We won the first set 25-16 and carried our momentum into the second set. Brenda Moore led our team in serves, while Kelsey Harbord continually had strong attacks at the net. Lambrick came back fighting in the second set, but our determination was unstoppable. In a tough set, we finished with a 25-22 win.
The gym had never been louder. It was the first time that St. Michaels University School would have its name on the Vic Lindel Cup.
This weekend, we compete in the Islands in Nanaimo, which will determine whether or not we will have a seat at Provincials.