Athletics Review: Oct 18, 2010

Senior Girls Volleyball
After a busy Thanksgiving weekend, the team went into the second week of league matches against Reynolds and Saint Margaret’s. In the first match against Reynolds, the team started strong. With some good serve-receive passing from our libero Michelle Yim and offside Tanya Rossa, Leah Hall was able to run an effective offense which included some solid kills from power hitter Sophia Ducharme.

The girls kept up the intensity throughout the set and won 25-16. In the second set, Reynolds passed the ball more effectively and ran more attacks against us. Despite some good passing and missing only two serves in this set, the team came up a bit short, losing 25-22. Overall, Sophia Ducharme finished the match with five kills, and Kirby McLean and Shade Souc adding one each. However, we won the match considering total points for and against.

In the second match, the team came up against a Saint Margaret’s team that wanted revenge from its defeat against us the previous weekend. We were able to survive the first set 25-22 but in the second match, the combination of nine missed serves and three errors gave Saint Margaret’s 12 free points. We ended up coming up short 22-25 and ending up with a match tie.

This week, the team plays matches at Stelly’s on Tuesday night and we travel this Friday to Courtenay/Comox for the Mark Isfeld tournament.

Senior Cross-Country
The Senior cross-country team has had an excellent start to the season thus far. Training for the team has been rigorous, especially on Mondays which have been speed/hill days. To date, four meets have taken place: Beacon Hill, Lambrick Park, Beaver Lake and Cedar Hill. In all events, SMUS has put forth about 20 runners, and in each meet, SMUS has fared very well and been involved in the awards.

The Grade 9 girls team of Chrissy Robillard, Sarah Taylor, Christine Chiu and Jill Ding have earned themselves 2nd place team honors so far in their category. Individually, Chrissy has also been improving dramatically, with two top-10 finishes in the last two weeks.

For the Senior girls, the hope is high for a repeat of last year’s qualification for provincials. While superstars Jocelyn Stedman, Hannah Nielson, Laura Simandl, Raquel Solmer and Shawdy Joobbani have all been incredible in certain races, a full team has yet to form. Special mention goes out to Jocelyn who came 1st overall at the Lambrick Park meet.

On the boys’ side, it has been the Grade 10 runners that have been making the most noise. The team of Alec Kinahan, Gabe Lunn, Stephan Fuller and Wayne Lin have consistently been 2nd team overall in their division. Individually, Alec has cracked the top 10 in all his races.

For the Senior boys, the lack of results has not been from a lack of effort. The division is extremely competitive, and Cole Turner, Sam Jackson, Austin Huang, and Roger Luo have done everything in their power to improve their standing. The improvement is obvious and determination and further effort will take them to the next level.

The next race for SMUS is Tuesday, Oct. 17th at Beaver Lake.

Junior Boys Soccer
On Wednesday, the boys travelled to play Glenlyon, a team they had already met during the recent ISA Tournament. After two quick goals in the first half, there was little doubt that the result was going to go the same way.
The boys moved the ball comfortably up the pitch and managed two more goals before the end of the first half. The goal margin established in the first half allowed the coaches to give some valuable playing time to all the boys. Jason Wong relieved Cole Tamburri in goal and maintained a clean sheet. He wasn’t very busy in the second half but did manage a few quality saves.

Russell Carleton and Chris Bjola worked tirelessly in the midfield and both nearly scored. Monty Fraser-Brown, composed as ever on the ball, proved his worth at right back. By the final whistle, SMUS had put six goals past the opponent’s keeper. The squad looks fit for a busy final week of regular league games.

On Monday, the team travels to Hampton Park to take on St. Andrew’s, and on Wednesday they will host Reynolds for what should be a tough game.

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