“Timing is everything” sums it up for the Vanier Towhees senior girls volleyball team. After struggling through a tough season, the team went undefeated last weekend at the Island championships in Victoria.
“The Vanier girls have worked very hard to raise their skills to a standard that can compete at the highest level in the province and also invested a great deal of time and energy into building a mature team built on a solid foundation of trust amongst teammates,” said coach Dave Neill.
Vanier opened the tournament with victories over Mt Doug, Carihi, and South #1 Oak Bay to win their pool. The semifinal saw Vanier take on a determined Carihi team and beat them 3-1. The final was a showdown between top-10 ranked Dover Bay and Vanier.
Dover Bay had cleanly beaten Vanier earlier in the season and had swept Vanier in the North Island championships the weekend before. At the Island championships it was a different story with Vanier taking an early lead and not relinquishing it and winning 3-1 to cap off the undefeated weekend.
Sydney Curts and Stephanie Mackinnon both won first team all-stars and Chelsea Tancon was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Vanier’s girls now head off to the AAAA (big school) Provincial championships in North Vancouver Dec. 1-3.