Athletics Week in Review: October 24

Sports in the fall term continued in earnest, with teams involved in numerous league matches as well as Invitational tournaments, all with an eye for Island and Provincial championships in November.

Field Hockey

Field hockey enters the stretch drive, with the Senior girls team defeating Mount Douglas and Lambrick Park in local play before finishing 5th in a highly competitive ISA tournament on the Lower Mainland. Goalkeeper Jessie Cheng continued her fine season, while Elle Nelson, Julia McDermott, Suzie Stone and Lizzy Bass were four others who shone throughout.

The squad now faces Glenlyon Norfolk School in a final league game, with the winner taking the south zone top seed at the October 26-27 Island AA finals in Duncan.

However, pride of place went to 2017 SMUS grad Anna Mollenhauer, whose sterling play helped propel the University of Victoria field hockey team into the USports national final. The second-year defender had the distinction of following up her Canada West Rookie of the Year award in 2017 with the conference Player of the Year this time around. The Canadian junior national team standout performed brilliantly all season, making key tackles, stopping shots, displaying exceptional aerial skills and creating dangerous counterattacks. The Vikes now travel east to play the Ontario University Athletics winner in a best-of-three series, and hopeful of bringing home the program’s 12th national title.

Squash

At the Vancouver Island Open, Jay Herring won a bronze medal in the Men’s Division 1 event, while Sofia Quon did likewise in the Women’s competition. In the Men’s Division 3 competition, Oliver Kerr defeated teammate Alden Weymar 3-1 in the final, while in Division 4, John Duffey, Kevin Zhang and Owen Vincent showed extremely well. For good measure, coach Giselle Delgado finished third in her Open event.

Congratulations to Alex Brown and Christian Yuen who, with their strong performances at the Vancouver Island Open, each recaptured first place in their respective U15 rankings at the provincial level!

Rugby

SMUS hosted the ISA Grade 9 Sevens tournament, going 2-2 on the day to finish third. All the teams involved showcased some wonderful skills and scored numerous fine tries. For the Blue Jags, Louis Chang and Diego Ponce de Leon led the way, with great support from Calum Webber-Smith.

The group then traveled to Brentwood College School for a 10-a-side event, displaying some fine support play in an exciting victory. To close the season, SMUS will travel to St. George’s School on October 25 and then host Collingwood on November 1.

Rowing

SMUS co-hosted the October Sprints at Elk Lake. Sunny skies and warm temperatures made strong crosswinds more bearable, with much learned by all the novice crews in attendance. Huge thanks are also due to the many volunteers who helped organize the regatta.

Of the 11 podium finishes by SMUS crews, the Junior Novice Women’s 8+, the Junior Women’s 8+ and the Junior Novice Men’s 8+ each won gold medals.

The City Championships are next up, set for November 3-4 at Elk Lake.

Volleyball

The Senior girls continued to scrap for playoff positioning. A tough three-set loss to Oak Bay was followed by a key win over Esquimalt. Bella Leong and Zoe Lott both set and served well in these contests.

The team also traveled to Stratford Hall to take part in the grueling Western Canada Independent Schools event, then took part in the local Vic High Invitational. Katie Rothwell and Carly Smith turned in their best performances of the season.

The Junior girls, sparked by Claudia Murr, Veronica Franco and Jasper Delichte, swept their matches versus Stelly’s, Esquimalt and Claremont. The Junior boys won two of their six games played, with Tadeo Allerding and Kyle Stenberg leading the way against Mount Douglas and Royal Bay.

Finally, on the heels of league wins over Mount Douglas, Edward Milne and Esquimalt, the Senior boys traveled to North Vancouver to compete in the Argyle Tournament. Matched against provincial AAA powers, SMUS performed extremely well, turning in its best effort of the year in upsetting Burnaby South. Tristan Kuhn’s accurate setting has been vital, with Noah Helman and Matthew Jaffey providing numerous key blocks.

(Squash photos courtesy of Christopher Curran Photography)

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