While the junior and senior girls volleyball teams were busy preparing for provincial championships, the bantam girls were putting the finishing touches on an equally impressive season.
The bantam Cougars finished third in North Shore League play, qualifying them for a wild card berth into the Vancouver and District playoffs.
Elphi played Richmond to determine which team would get the wild card berth, and the Cougars prevailed, sending them to the Vancouver and District playoffs held earlier this month.
Elphi won their opening match in the single-elimination tournament over the host team from Burnaby, setting up a match against Richmond Christian in the semifinals.
Elphi defeated Richmond, earning them a berth in the final against St. Thomas Aquinas, a familiar foe from the North Shore League.
Elphi fought hard, losing in three tough sets 23-25, 25-24, 13-15 to finish second in the tournament and bring an end to their season.
Richey helps WolfPack to win
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team surpassed their win total for the entire 2011-12 Canada West season by capturing their fourth victory Nov. 22 with a five set win over the hometown University of Manitoba Bisons.
The WolfPack, ranked number nine in the CIS this week, are now 4-5 on the season.
“A much needed win after dropping four straight matches,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly. “We knew after the schedule was released that this stretch against the top three teams in the CIS [Alberta, Trinity Western and Manitoba] would be tough. We had a great start and managed to play well in the fifth set.”
He said Stuart Richey from Roberts Creek played well in relief of Jesse Bazergui in the big win.