Athletics Week in Review: November 26


With the first-term sporting calendar drawing to a close, SMUS Senior girls volleyball traveled to MEI near Abbotsford November 22 for a six-team wild card event. At stake was the final berth to the provincial AA tournament.

​The Blue Jags opened against Holy Cross of Surrey, making a good start to capture the first set. However, the favoured Crusaders battled back to equalize and then won the deciding third game.

SMUS then faced a must-win versus St. Thomas Aquinas. Unfortunately, the squad struggled from the outset to combat the opposition’s deadly serving, falling behind early in both games and going down 2-0.

Jessa McElderry and Semele Smith, both in grade 10, acquitted themselves well and made valuable contributions as outside hitters. Seniors Keeley Copeland, Jen Shan, Megan Harrison and Alex Nesnidalova finished their high school careers and should be proud of their hard work in a season which finished just one step away from the BCs.

Indeed, the final weekend’s volleyball disappointment notwithstanding, this has been a fine three-month period for SMUS Athletics. While pride of place goes to the BC AA champion Senior boys soccer squad, the Senior girls field hockey may also be justifiably proud of reaching their own provincial final. Both teams won multiple other competitions and trophies throughout the season.

In addition, both cross country teams qualified for BCs through a tough Island zone, while rowing and squash also produced very solid results. The Junior boys soccer team lost only a single match out of 17, while the Grade 9 rugby squad reached the final of the ISA Fall tournament.

Second-term sports is now underway, kicked off as usual by last weekend’s Celebration of SMUS Basketball event versus the Alumni. After a full day of games on November 22, featuring teams from Grades 1-10, the Seniors then battled against the grads. (Watch the Senior girls game versus the Alumni on SMUSTube.)

For the Senior girls, Player of the Game Mia Roberts led all scorers with 14 points, while Olivia Donald and Chloe Keeler-Young added 8 each in a 53-47 win.

On the Senior boys side, Jake Wilmott, Jason Scully and Max Pollen combined for 38 points, though it was not enough in a 56-47 loss. (Watch the Senior boys game versus the Alumni on SMUSTube.) They open their campaign ranked BC AA #1.

All other hoop squads swing into action this week. Vivat!

See more photos of Junior School, Middle School and Senior School students participating in the Celebration of SMUS Basketball at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

(photos by Darin Steinkey and Kyle Slavin)


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