Volleyball: Resilience Brings Improvement

Both our Senior and Junior teams saw action this week.

The Senior girls volleyball team suffered a somewhat disappointing league defeat on October 1 to PCS. Despite strong serving by Megan Harrison and some excellent front court play courtesy of Yvonne Wu, the Blue Jags fell 3-1. Consistent serve receive proved problematic, while the Pacers strong team defense made scoring difficult.

The team moved on to the highly competitive Camosun College Invitational event. Despite better team work and overall play, SMUS dropped its first pool match, once again to PCS. However, a nice bounce back effort produced a 2-0 win over Cowichan and a place in the championship playoff tier.

The very demanding playoffs began with a 2-0 loss to Lambrick Park, possibly the province’s top team. SMUS again struggled with serve receiving, admittedly against some high quality serving, but still showed good offensive work to keep the score relatively close.

The next match, versus a well-drilled Belmont side, produced some fine play and leadership from Beta Willeboordse, Amy Bodine and Jessica Jiang. Then, in the final round of play, SMUS, sparked by some excellent team defense, defeated Claremont 2-1. Wu and Stephanie Wong-Harrison served strongly, while senior Paris Lowe also played well.

At the Junior level, in the Spectrum Tournament, SMUS finished third in Day 1 pool play, dropping close matches to Claremont and Brooks before defeating PCS.

The following afternoon, October 5, the team beat Stelly’s 2-0 but then fell to Dover Bay. Playing for the “B” flight bronze medal, SMUS dropped the first set badly to Stelly’s, going down 25-12. Yet, the Blue Jags rebounded to capture the second set 25-20 and then the decider 15-6.

Overall, it was a successful weekend. With five players away back east at the CAIS U15 Girls Soccer tournament, player resources were stretched thin. All those in action performed well, with the Grade 10 players in particular displaying good leadership. Particular congratulations to Sasha Boehm, who was named to the All-Tournament team.

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