Junior Girls Volleyball: Rising to the Next Level

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Photo by Becky Anderson

The Junior girls volleyball team, after a busy training camp, opened its exhibition season September 20-21 at the Trinity Western University Invitational tournament. After splitting the opening match versus WJ Mouat, SMUS then defeated Carver in two very close and exciting games.

In its final pool match, SMUS met tournament favourite Pacific Academy. This opponent was highly skilled and won the two games fairly easily, but it was nonetheless tremendous for the Blue Jags to experience the “next level” of play, complete with slick passing, big blocks and hard smashes.

In fact, given its 3-3 Day 1 result, SMUS managed to advance to the championship side of the tournament bracket. This was a fine accomplishment. All three of the Day 2 opposition teams proved very skilled, yet again, the team competed hard and took away many positives.

The development was obvious as local league play then got underway, with SMUS playing extremely aggressively vs Belmont before defeating Spectrum in straight sets.

All fourteen players are seeing significant court time. Setters Jayne Leggatt and Maggie Manson-Blair, along with Robyn Noel, have really taken charge during practices and matches. Sasha Boehm has proved to be an effective server, with Sara Owen-Flood and Jessa McElderry just two of those blocking and hitting well.

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