Chargers gear up for Island championships with silver

The Duncan Christian School Chargers took the Royal Bay Ravens to three sets in the championship final last weekend.

The Duncan Christian School Chargers took the Royal Bay Ravens to three sets in the championship final at DCS’s senior boys volleyball tournament last weekend before ultimately settling for the silver medal.

The tournament marked the last warmup for the Chargers before hosting the Island championship this Wednesday.

The Chargers opened the final match by beating Royal Bay 25-22, but the Ravens came back to win the second set 25-16, then capped it off with a 15-10 victory.

DCS had finished ahead of Royal Bay in pool play. The Chargers won their pool with the Ravens in second, Parkland in third and Frances Kelsey fourth, while Credo topped the other pool, followed by Belmont, Gulf Islands and Ucluelet.

DCS then dispatched Ucluelet 25-17, 29-27 in the quarter-finals and Belmont in the semis to reach the final. Royal Bay beat Gulf Islands in the quarters and Credo in the semis on their way to the gold-medal match.

Kelsey, meanwhile, was beaten by Credo 25-8, 25-16 in the quarter-finals and Ucluelet 25-11, 25-18 in the seventh-place match.

Rounding out the standings were Credo in third, Belmont fourth, Parkland fifth and Gulf Islands sixth.

Matt Brandsma of Duncan Christian shared MVP honours with Royal Bay’s Mitchell Whittla. Adam Kapteyn represented DCS on the tournament all-star team, while Kaiden Coughlan was selected from Kelsey. Other all-stars included Bryden Mandy (Royal Bay), Levi Leyenhorst (Credo), Nathan Zaragoza (Belmont), Ethan Bond (Parkland), Jared Farias (Gulf Islands) and Diego Corlazzoli (Ucluelet).

The Chargers will host a three-team round-robin tournament this Wednesday for the Island AA title. DCS plays Brookes Shawnigan Lake at noon, Ucluelet and Brookes square off at 2 p.m., and DCS meets Ucluelet at 4 p.m.