The Junior girls hosted the ISA Tournament, playing steadily enough to finish 6th in the twelve team event. In opening day pool play, thanks to a good overall effort, SMUS defeated Queen Margaret’s. Then, before a boisterous home crowd, the team played its best match of the season, though falling 28-26 to Crofton House in a deciding game.
Having finished second in its pool, SMUS beat GNS in three sets but then fell in close matches to both Southridge and Collingwood.
The team improved tremendously over the course of the weekend, showing tenacity and wonderful spirit.
Sun-Eui (Sunny) Choi was named a tournament All-Star.
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The Senior squad flew to Calgary to participate in the Western Canadian Independent School tournament. A somewhat lacklustre Day 1, with service errors again an issue, resulted in a tight win over Notre Dame but defeats to host Rundle College and also to Crofton House.
The next morning saw much better overall play, despite a narrow loss to St. John’s-Ravenscourt (SJR). More good work followed, with fewer unforced errors, despite SMUS falling to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir and eventual finalist York House.
On the final day, SMUS again snuck by Notre Dame, but, in yet another three-set marathon, lost the consolation final to SJR.
At the tournament banquet, Jessica Jiang was selected as the SMUS MVP, while Beta Willeboordse was chosen as the tournament’s top server.
Next year’s 42nd Westerns will be held at Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, with SMUS then down to host in 2015. The tournament remains an elite event, with high level play and large, enthusiastic crowds.