The host Vanier Towhees lost three competitive matches during round robin play Friday at the boys 3A Island volleyball championships. The matches against Reynolds, Nanaimo District Secondary School and Mt. Douglas were close, decided in three sets.
Reynolds, a Victoria school, advanced to the bronze medal match where they defeated Dover Bay 2-1. They advance to provincials. In the gold medal match, Claremont of Victoria defeated cross-town rival Oak Bay in two sets.
The Vanier girls volleyball team competed at the 4A Island championships at Dover Bay in Nanaimo. They finished in a tie for seventh place.
The girls team from Highland Secondary also had a seventh-place finish at the 2A Island volleyball tournament at St. Michaels University School in Victoria.
The Isfeld senior girls — the number two seed from the North Island — placed fourth at the 3A tourney hosted by Stelly’s Secondary in Saanich. The Ice defeated Wellington of Nanaimo and ECMS of Sooke, each in two sets, to set up a match with the host school and top seed from the south. Stelly’s prevailed 2-0 in the final match in pool play, but Isfeld showed their fighting spirit and gave them a good scare. During the crossover, Isfeld’s hustle and team play led to a 2-0 win over Ballenas of Parksville. This launched them into the semifinal game against Mt. Doug of Victoria, the top team in B.C. Despite being the smallest team in the tournament, Isfeld took the eventual tournament champs to four games before losing. Isfeld again met Stelly’s in the bronze medal game. The Ice put up another good fight but fell 3-0. Sienna Stigant, Rowan Hoyseth and Meghan Lineger turned in some player-of-the-game performances. Mt. Doug and second-place Carihi of Campbell River both qualified for provincials in Vancouver.
The Isfeld senior boys team finished in a tie for fifth place at the 2A championships at Wellington Secondary.