Bulldogs senior girls take long road to B.C.s

Belmont takes bronze at Island AAAA tournament, plays wild card event this weekend in Port Coquitlam

Belmont Bulldogs coach Mike Toakley is hoping a little adversity makes his senior girls volleyball team stronger.

The Bulldogs, who dominated much of the early part of this season, will have to finish top two in a wild card tournament this Saturday in Port Coquitlam to qualify for provincials, after taking third at last weekend’s Island AAAA championship at Mount Doug.

The host team won the tournament with a 3-0 match win over Oak Bay, after coming from behind to beat Belmont for a third straight time, 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-20, 16-14) in front of a large, noisy crowd in Saturday’s semifinals.

“This is all good preparation for B.C.s and other types of play at the next level,” said Toakley, whose team beat  Nanaimo’s Dover Bay 3-0 for bronze to qualify for the eight-team wild card tournament. Both Island teams will be at Riverside secondary trying to earn one of two berths to provincials.

Toakley said he told his players after the semifinal loss, “‘We’ve got to turn around and start getting ready for B.C.s with this match.’ They represented the school well and took care of business by taking the bronze.”

Ravens boys miss B.C.s berth by slim margin

Meanwhile in Courtenay, the Royal Bay Ravens went to the wire with Lambrick Park in the AA Island senior boys bronze medal match, losing a fifth-set tiebreaker 15-12 Saturday. The loss ended the Ravens season, as only the top three teams advanced to the B.C. AA boys championships in Langley.

After finishing second in their pool and defeating Gulf Islands in straight sets in the Saturday morning quarter-final, Royal Bay lost the best-of-three semifinal 2-0 to eventual champion Pacific Christian.

“We had a great first day and the boys played really well overall,” said Ravens coach Kris Johnson. “It took the whole team to get where we’re at. They were all producing on the court, which is excellent.”

While there was disappointment over coming so close to a berth in the provincials, Johnson said she’s already excited about next season. All players are eligible to return except team leader Mitchell Whittla, a standout soccer goalkeeper who will attend UBC next fall and play for the Thunderbirds.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

 

Just Posted

Tackling ‘one fear after another:’ ‘Spirit Orca’ swimmers ready for next challenge

Victoria swimmers with developmental disabilities preparing for ocean relay in Great Bear Rainforest

Easter Seal’s Drop Zone gives participants chance to rappel down 13-storey Victoria building

Event supports Easter Seal’s services, specifically their camp in Shawnigan

Tuesday will be mainly cloudy

Plus your weekly forecast

Province funds $88.6M for two new schools in Langford by 2022

Langford gets 500-seat elementary school and a 700-seat middle school

New secondary school planned for north Langford

Province announces $18.6 million in funding for site

WATCH: Barbers battle it out in Victoria

‘Barber Battle’ saw stylists and barbers from across North America go head-to-head

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Most Read