Gabrielle Pask (1) jumps to block a blast from Sydney Derksen (8) during the match between the SCVC’s U17/18 and U15/16 teams on the April 1 playday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Gabrielle Pask (1) jumps to block a blast from Sydney Derksen (8) during the match between the SCVC’s U17/18 and U15/16 teams on the April 1 playday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Strong showing for SCVC teams at playday

U17/18s finish second, U15/16s place fifth

The U17/18 team from the South Cowichan Volleyball Club had an especially strong outing to finish second as the club hosted a playday at Frances Kelsey Secondary School on April 1.

“They played consistently throughout the day, playing some incredible matches against some tough teams,” SCVC coach Dannie Richards reported. “The girls truly proved their potential at this tournament and are looking strong going into provincials.”

The South Cowichan U17/18s reached the final, where they lost a tough match against a Victoria Volleyball Association U17 team.

The SCVC U15/16 team’s best match of the day came against their own U17/18 counterparts. The U15/16s won the first set 25-22, lost the second one 25-20, then led 14-11 in the third when the older girls turned things around and rolled to a 16-14 victory.

“Although the younger team did not get the result they wanted, they were up against some tough and older competition,” Richards noted. “They did take sets off of a number of teams and are continuing to improve at an incredible rate.”

Third place at the playday went to the Parksville Volleyball Club U17 team, and the U16 Campbell River Crush finished fourth.

Both SCVC teams are preparing for provincial championships in the next few weeks, and Richards believes they have excellent opportunities to be successful. The U17/18 team will compete in Richmond on April 22 and 23, and the U15/16 squad will play in Abbotsford on May 6 and 7.