Isfeld girls volleyball team fourth in B.C.

Entering the tournament as the number four seed from Vancouver Island, the Mark Isfeld senior girls volleyball team placed fourth at the provincial AAA championships at Crofton House in Vancouver — one spot better than last year’s fifth-place result in Kelowna.

The Isfeld Ice kicked things off by winning three matches on opening day Thursday, defeating GW Graham of Chilliwack, W.L. Seaton of Vernon and Hugh McRoberts of Richmond. In Friday’s crossover match, they defeated Kelly Road of Prince George, 25-10, 25-23, 25-15.

“I don’t think they’ve peaked yet,” Lee McKillican, assisting head coach Kurt Stushnoff, said Friday before a tough quarter-final match against Caledonia of Terrace. Last year at B.C.’s, the teams faced each other twice, each winining a match.

In Friday’s meeting, the Terrace side won the first two sets, but Isfeld stormed back to win it in five and advance to Saturday’s semifinals. In a valiant effort, the girls lost to eventual tournament champion Crofton House. In the bronze medal match, they lost in three sets to Vancouver’s Little Flower Academy.

Erin Buttnor of Isfeld made the second all-star team for the tourney, while teammate Sarah McKillican was a first team all-star selection, as she was last year.

The Mark Isfeld boys, meanwhile, were competing in the AA division at the Big Kahuna B.C. Volleyball Championships in Langley. On opening day, the boys lost in two sets to Sa-Hali of Kamloops and to Langley Fundamental, but defeated Smithers in three sets. The second set against Sa-Hali was 32-34.

”We came in ranked 16 and we have improved on that, but the structure of the draw has us playing tough teams today,” coach Jeff Taylor said Thursday during the round of 16.

On Thursday, the Ice lost in three sets to number two seed George Elliot of Lake Country in the Okanagan.

“We definitely earned their respect,” Taylor said. “A team parent and the coach saw me after the game and said they didn’t expect such good digging and powerful hitting from the 16th seed team.”

On Friday, the boys defeated Seaton to compete in the top half of the consolation bracket (ninth to 12th).

“We came from behind in set one to take it 25-23, but dominated the second set 25-17,” Taylor said.

The Ice then lost in two sets to Pacific Christian — whom they had beaten at Islands.

The Grade 11s played the second set, and only lost 23-25.

“The future looks bright for our team,” Taylor said.

Instead of playing the 11/12 match, Taylor and the boys opted to drive to Vancouver to support the girls team.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

A Secret Santa program through First Insurance – The Co-operators isn’t happening this year. Black Press file photo
Courtenay insurance company’s Secret Santa a no-go this year

First Insurance – The Co-operators program has run for almost 20 years

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Most Read