Belmont volleys to top

All four volleyball teams take to the court for Island championships this weekend

Junior girls Jess Thomsen and Nicole Bracewell and senior girls Megan Koblun and Emily Seeley celebrate first place in the city.

All four Belmont secondary volleyball teams will battle for Island supremacy this weekend.

The junior and senior girls’ teams brought home first place city championship trophies earlier this month. The junior and senior boys’ teams placed third in city’s.

The junior girls fought hard to win the title defeating Oak Bay in a tiebreaker. When the team faced off against Claremont in the finals the Bulldogs were plagued with injuries and missing players, but the girls persevered to win yet another tie breaker.

“The team has gotten better and better, we didn’t expect this,” said Ken Lowe, junior girls’ coach. “We are ecstatic to be going to the Island (championship).”

The junior girls will compete at Claremont secondary for Island championships Nov. 16 and 17. The top four teams move on to the provincials.

“Our kids buy into a system of how to play volleyball,” said Lowe. “They know what to do and are able to stay composed in different situations. We play more of a team game.”

The senior girls’ team also had a couple tense tie-breaker games at city’s against Mount Doug in the semi finals and Oak Bay in the finals.

“It was a close as you can get 16-14, you have to win by two points, it was a nail-biter,” Mike Toakley, senior girls coach.

The top two senior girls teams at the Islands in Nanaimo will move on to provincials.

“We have to make it to the finals to make it,” said Toakley. “Our strengths is our servers. We are not going to win unless we play as a unit. As long as we pay with emotion we have a chance to get though to the finals.”

The junior boys’ defeated Claremont in its final game of city championships for third place and took the win in the tie-breaker round.  Only the top three teams secured a spot in the Islands.

“The junior boys had the toughest match to win,” Lowe said.

The senior boys’ team moved up to the semi finals but lost to Reynolds then defeated Claremont to take third.

“That was a disappointment for them, they were ranked second before going to the city’s,” Lowe said. The senior boys’ team consists of a lot of Grade 11 students plan to return next year.

“That team is going to be a very strong team,” Toakley said. “The senior boys’ team is going to be the team to beat next year.”


The top three junior boys’ teams and the top four senior boys’ teams will move on to provincials.



Just Posted

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women this weekend

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Province will build space for 600 more students on same site

Colwood wins Victoria Flower Count for a five-peat

The 43rd annual Flower Count had over three billion blossoms counted in total

Langford fundraiser for kidney disease is a success

Maureen Hobbs thinks B.C. Transplant says it best: “Live life. Pass it on.”

Preschool group helps release fish into Glen Lake

The number of fish released correlates to the number of fish caught per year

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 16, 2018

BCHL Today: Wenatchee Wild goaltenders a cause for concern

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Lilia Zaharieva wants to share her medical good fortune

UVic student wants treatment for cystic fibrosis made available for all

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women this weekend

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

Canadian survivors, supporters rally against proposed ’60s Scoop settlement

Some have accused the government of underestimating the number of survivors

Nordic athlete Arendz to be Canada’s flagbearer at Paralympic closing ceremony

The biathlete and cross-country skier from Hartsville has raced to five medals in Pyeongchang

B.C. community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

RV David Thompson unveiled in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Parks Canada research vessel part of billion-dollar environmental investment

Most Read