The Sunshine Coast Volleyball Club (SCVC) is off to a fast start as the U14 team placed third at a recent event.
Tsunami took part in the Six-Pack Sensation volleyball tournament on March 27 at the Harry Jerome Sports Centre. Volleyball B.C. hosted the one-day event.
Tsunami's first match of the round robin was against the Seaside Volleyball Club, also called Tsunami, from White Rock. In the first set, Sunshine Coast jumped out to a big lead and never looked back, winning 25-10.
White Rock came back to claim set number two 25-22, but the Coast girls regained control in set three 15-12 to win the match.
In the second and final round robin match, Tsunami faced the Scorpions from the Sting Volleyball Club out of New Westminster. "This was a great match against a high-powered offense, but our exceptional defensive play handled their attack," said coach Quinn Campbell. "We won in two straight sets, each 25-23. We came in first in our pool and headed to the gold playoffs."
The quarterfinal match saw Tsunami up against the B.C. Olympic Club's B-team from North Vancouver.
"Our play was outstanding in the first set, and we cruised to an easy win 25-10," Campbell said. "The second set was a bit tighter, but again we won 25-20."
Riding high from that victory, Tsunami headed to the semifinals against the X-treme from the Seaside Volleyball Club.Quinn said the match was an epic battle between two evenly-matched and talented teams. "It was probably one of the best matches I have ever been a part of," he said, "We came out a bit tight in the first set and got behind early. After regaining our composure, we managed to fight back into the set, but ran out of time losing 24-26. The second set was much better for us. "We caught the X-treme off guard after a tight first set, and took control right from the first serve. We won the second set relatively easily, 25-18."
He said his squad got off to a slow start in set three.
"We missed four of our first six serves and gave the X-treme the early lead," he added. "By the change of sides, we'd managed to catch up and were behind only one point, 8-7. From here on, both teams tightened up and exchanged points until the end. The third set is to 15 points, but you must win by two. Both teams battled hard to the end, trading serves and points, but we ultimately lost 19-17."
Quinn said his team was a little disappointed with the loss, but finishing third out of 21 teams is a big accomplishment.
"We stayed to watch a bit of the final between the X-treme and BCO's A Team, and it was another very close match," he said. "We would have been right in there with the best of them. All in all, it was an excellent result and a great learning experience for the girls."