The Crush U15 volleyball team had a lot to celebrate in Nanaimo last weekend .
Not only did two team members celebrate birthdays – twin sisters Kaitlyn and Nicole Herbert – but the players decided to add to the jubilation by winning the Island Girls Super Volley tournament held at Vancouver Island University.
The team started the tournament by beating the North Shore Stars, thanks in part to the steady stream of strong serves from Brook Reesor and Brielle Kelly, who served the first 10 and last 10 points of one game, respectively).
Next, the girls beat the Comox Valley Strikers, 25-20 and 25-7, and the Victoria A team, 25-19 and 25-9, to finish first in their pool.
Then they over-powered the second Victoria team, 25-14 and 25-7, and the Nanaimo Express, 25-17 and 25-10, to proceed to the semi-final match against the Coquitlam Focus Storm, the largest volleyball club in B.C.
Campbell River took game one, 25-17, lost the second, 17-25, and the vanquished Coquitlam with a 15-7 decision.
The final match of the tournament pitted the girls against BCO Black from North Vancouver, with the Crush prevailing in two games, 25-19 and 25-22.
The team’s next competition is the Super Volley tournament in the Lower Mainland, March 10-11.