Groenendijk helps B.C. to fourth place in volleyball’s NTCC

Danielle Groenendijk helped B.C to fourth in the U18 girls division at the National Team Challenge Cup in Richmond last week.

Danielle Groenendijk helped B.C.’s U17 girls provincial volleyball team to a fourth-place finish in the U18 girls division at the National Team Challenge Cup in Richmond last week.

The Duncan Christian School student played outside hitter as Team BC went 3-1 in the round robin, then won their first playoff match before dropping the next two.

In round-robin play, Groenendijk’s team beat Newfoundland and Labrador Grey 3-0, Quebec 2 3-1, and New Brunswick U17 Black 3-0 before losing 3-0 to Alberta U18.

B.C. opened the playoff round with a 3-0 sweep of Nova Scotia, then lost 3-1 to Alberta U17 in the semifinals and 3-0 to Saskatchewan Green in the bronze-medal game.

Groenendijk and her teammates had two weeks of intense training at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops prior to the National Team Challenge Cup tournament.