Host DCS 13th at boys ‘A’ volleyball provincials

Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen) Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Tournament hosts, Duncan Christian School (in blue), placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend. Here, DCS plays against Cedars Christian School Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.(Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

The host team, Duncan Christian School placed 13th in the Provincial Boys ‘A’ Volleyball Championship this past weekend, winning four of seven matches.

The tournament, which featured the top 16 ‘A’ tier schools from across the province, was held at both the DCS and Frances Kelsey gyms, with the bulk of the games happening at DCS.

“Provincials was a great experience and the only way it was possible was because of the wonderful staff working hard to make it the best it could be,” co-captain Zack Neudorf said.

DCS began the event on Dec. 1 by defeating White Rock Christian (25-19, 25-19) to open their tournament.

From there, the host school fell to Bulkley Valley Christian School 16-25, 25-20, 13-15) before beating Fernie Secondary 25-20, 25-18) to earn second place in their pool heading into the championship bracket.

Their first game of the championship draw had them up against Cedars Christian School on Friday morning, Dec. 2.

DCS fell 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.

Later that day they faced, St. Ann’s and lost again, 18-25, 20-25.

On Saturday morning, Dec. 3, DCS had a rematch against Fernie and for the second time, DCS prevailed, (25-12, 25-21, 15-12). The win meant the home team moved on to play École Jules Vern for 13th/14th place. DCS won (25-21, 25-22) to take 13th overall in the 16-team tournament.

“Hosting the provincial championship has been a real community builder,” said DCS athletic director Tom Veenstra. “It’s been great to work with athletic director Adam Johnston from Frances Kelsey. Adam was keen right from the get go to get his school involved and support the tournament. The staff and students at Kelsey provided a top-notch second host site.”

The championship final featured Vancouver Christian versus Cedars Christian of Prince George.

Vancouver took the provincial ‘A’ title in an exciting game match that took four sets to decide.

The bleachers were jam-packed with enthusiastic supporters,” Veenstra noted. “The atmosphere was electric… Like a university finals match!”

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