Crunch time for West Shore high school volleyball teams

Belmont senior girls third in Vic Lindal Cup play

With November just around the corner, most West Shore high school volleyball teams have their eyes on the playoffs, while some have already begun the post-season.

The Belmont Bulldogs senior girls finished third in the Vic Lindal Cup city playoffs, beating St. Michaels University School 2-1 (25-22, 24-26, 15-13) in an extremely tight bronze medal match Tuesday at Oak Bay.

The South Island AAAA seeding tournament happens Nov. 3 at Vic High, with the top five teams moving on to the Island Championships, being hosted Nov. 20-21 at Belmont.

Meanwhile, the Belmont senior boys, with just one Grade 12 player on the roster, have enjoyed some success of late, moving up to fourth in the AAA league standings entering Wednesday’s game day at Spectrum (completed after the Gazette’s press deadline).

“We’ve had a couple of good weeks,” said Bulldogs co-coach Kris Walushka.  “We are getting beat by the teams that are established, (but we’re) beating teams that aren’t quite established.”

Royal Bay, also at Spectrum that night, was looking to solidify its third-place position in the AA division heading into next week’s power pool playoff round. The Ravens host the AA South Island tournament Nov. 9, the same day the Bulldogs host the AAA event. Royal bay also hosts the AAA Islands Nov. 20-21.

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