The Elphinstone senior girls picked up a bronze medal, finishing third overall in the province at last weekend’s AA girls volleyball championships in Nanaimo.
After dropping a tough four-set match to Pacific Academy in the semifinal, Elphi had only a few hours to regroup and refocus for the bronze medal match against Surrey Christian.
The match did not start out well for the Cougars as they trailed 10-0 in the first set, but Elphi fought back, winning the set 26-24. They then won set two 25-23 to win the best two out of three match.
“I’m very happy with the finish. We had a phenomenal season and a great final tournament,” said head coach Jan Richey. “We played a smart and very tenacious team in Pacific Academy in the semifinal. They won last year, so they had experience on their side and they knew what to do to get the job done. We just didn’t execute our game plan the way we should have.”
Richey said she was impressed with the way the team rebounded after the loss.
“The girls were certainly upset, but we all said we wanted to finish strong and we had one last match to play and we wanted to win it,” Richey said. “We obviously didn’t start out well going down 10-0, but we battled back and that was the big thing. I am glad the match was only two out of three. I don’t know if we had much left in the tank for a potential fourth set.”
Elphi rolled through round robin play on Thursday, beating Richmond Christian, Sahali and Cedar all in straight sets to finish tops in their pool.
The Cougars first playoff game was Friday where they knocked off Smithers in three sets. Smithers finished fourth in their pool.
That set up a quarterfinal match with York House that won its first playoff game in five sets over Lambrick Park. Elphi again looked convincing, beating York in three straight sets to head to the semifinals against Pacific.
Elphi had two players named to the all-star teams with Chloe Murphy selected to the second all-star team and Michelle Jakszuk selected to the first all-star team.
Kalamalka from Vernon won the tournament as they beat Pacific in the final.
Now that the high school and elementary school volleyball seasons are in the books, the club season is set to start.
On Saturday (Dec. 8), tryouts will be held for the U15/U16 team from 9 to 11 a.m. and for the U13/U14 team from 3 to 5 p.m. Both tryouts are at Elphi. There is a $25 registration fee that can be paid once players arrive.