Players and coaches with Belmont's junior girls volleyball team celebrate a surprise win at the Island championships in Campbell River on Saturday. The West Shore side pulled off a pair of upsets

Belmont posts major upset at Jr. girls volleyball Islands

Langford team peaking heading into to provincial championships

For a group of girls who played in the B division of the city’s junior girls volleyball league last year and took their lumps against top outside club-trained teams, Belmont’s Grade 9-10 squad is showing mercurial growth.

The team posted two of the biggest upsets of its season last weekend in Campbell River, knocking off No.1-rated Reynolds 25-23, 29-27 in Saturday’s Island championship final, following a 25-23, 31-29 thriller over top North Island team Dover Bay in the morning semifinals. Belmont heads to the 30-team B.C. championships this Friday and Saturday in Delta.

The team’s performance of late, which has included a number of tournament runner-up finishes – they lost to Reynolds in the city final at Belmont on Nov. 9 – even has normally stoic head coach Ken Lowe impressed.

“I think they’ve been a good volleyball team, but this weekend they showed they are a great volleyball team,” he said.

The biggest difference is in the consistency the team is showing, he added, and the way they are cutting down on the little mistakes that are often the downfall of junior teams.

“We’ve been trying to preach that all year,” he said. “The hits don’t have to great, as long as they’re consistent and putting pressure on the other teams and forcing them to make plays. (If we do that), we’ll be able to get points.”

Belmont found itself down 20-15 in the second game of both matches on Saturday, but put together some timely runs and forced their opponents onto their heels.

The play of middle blocker Jocelyn Sherman was largely unsolvable for Belmont opponents over the weekend. Setter Jordyn Waller, and up and coming power hitters Kylie Kennedy and Jasmine Loo were also factors in the wins, Lowe said.

“The defence that we displayed in the semifinal, we were digging up balls that we haven’t done before. We were just doing the right things. It was almost like a complete game, that they did everything that was scripted for them.”

There is no pre-seeding for the provincial tournament, but organizers traditionally set up the draw based on past results, Lowe said. Belmont won the tournament last year, with most of those players moving on to the Bulldogs senior team this season.

Just Posted

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read