Senior Volleyball: Strong Early Season Matches

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Having graduated four key starting players last year, the SMUS Senior Girls Volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a September 17 league match at Claremont. A much anticipated new format, featuring head to head best-of-five matches instead of four team mini jamborees, saw the Blue Jags take the opening set 25-15 before dropping the next three. Serving and serve receive errors proved costly, but there were some notable improvements in the new offensive system being implemented.

A few days later SMUS was back in action at the annual UBC Thunderbirds Invitational Tournament, a three tier, 48-team competition with athletes from all corners of the province. Playing seven matches over the two days, the Blue Jags defeated Mark Isfeld and Lord Byng, before falling to Maple Ridge in a deciding set 32-30 marathon. In the playoff rounds, the team then beat Charles Best (2-1) and Dover Bay (2-0) before falling two sets to one in the Tier 3 final to Point Grey. This was the best overall finish for SMUS in the tournament since first taking part three years ago. All fourteen team members contributed, with returnees Beta Willeboordse, Amy Bodine and Sam Colby performing particularly well at the net and the service line.

Finally, the Blue Jags hosted a strong Belmont squad in league play on Tuesday Sept 24. Some excellent back row defence, from both Paris Lowe and Jessica Jiang, highlighted the encounter, with Bodine again providing some strong service runs. Though the visitors eventually took the spoils 3-1, SMUS did play particularly well in the third set en route to a 25-18 win.

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