Duncan Christian’s Jenna Bakker returns the ball during the Chargers’ match against Nanaimo Christian at the Island championships. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Valley teams among the best at Islands

The Lake Cowichan Secondary Lakers locked up a berth in the provincial tournament, while both the Chemainus Cougars and Duncan Christian Chargers finished in the top six at the Island single-A senior girls volleyball championships in Chemainus last weekend.

The Lakers placed second at Islands, losing only to the powerhouse Nanaimo Christian team in the Island final. Chemainus finished fifth, beating DCS 25-14, 25-17 in the fifth-place game. Brookes Shawnigan Lake placed 10th.

The Chargers struggled in the tournament playoffs, losing in two sets to Campbell River Christian. They defeated Port Hardy in two sets in the next round, only to be swept by Chemainus in the battle for fifth and sixth.

Kendall Bergstrom and Kali Mullin were named tournament all-stars for Lake Cowichan, Jamie Wallace was picked from Chemainus, Jaymie Brandsma represented Duncan Christian, and Kim English was selected from Brookes Shawnigan.

The Chargers will lose two players from this year’s team to graduation: power hitter Meg Russell, who provided the squad with powerful serves, numerous kills and solid defence, and middle hitter Jenna Bakker, who brought superb net play, positive teamwork, and the ability to consistently find an open spot on attack.

This will be Lake Cowichan Secondary’s first trip to a provincial tournament in more than a decade, and the Lakers are thrilled to get the opportunity.

“I’ve been the athletic director for four years, and I’ve never had the opportunity to say we’ve got a team going to provincials,” athletic director, manager and assistant coach Brent Pinnell said. “The small town needs it, and the school needs it because of the things we’ve been through the last few years.”


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