Your 2014 North Island Champions

Second straight title for Timberline girls volleyball

Despite missing two key players, squad pulled together to win the eight-team tournament without losing a single set

The Timberline Senior girls volleyball team captured the North Island Championships for the second straight year this past weekend.

Despite missing two key players, Megan Turko (concussion) and Aryn Murray (illness), the squad pulled together to win the eight-team tournament without losing a single set.

The Wolves opened by beating Gulf Islands 25-8, 25-5 and followed it by another straight-set victory against Naniamo 25-10, 25-6. The Wolves then took down Carhi by a score of 25-7, 25-4, followed by a victory over fourth seed Mark Isfeld of Comox, 25-5, 25-3.

They then rolled over Alberni 25-3, 25-10.

Ballenas (Parksville), was the next – and most challenging – opponent, and their opposition put up a good fight and played excellent defense in a match that featured some great long rallies and hard hits. In the end, Ballenas lost 25-19, 25-15. The final opponent for the Wolves was Dover Bay, the tournament’s second seed, who they defeated 25-9, 25-9 to win the title.

“My whole team played disciplined and energized volleyball,” said Head Coach Terry Philp, “and are ready to host the Island Championships this weekend at Timberline in a bid to make it to the provincial Championships later this month in Parksville.

“This is a very talented and exciting team and this will be the last opportunity to see them compete in Campbell River,” she said.

There are games at Timberline throughout Friday and Saturday, and the semi-finals run on Saturday at 12:30. The bronze match is at 4:00 and the final is set for 5:45.

The gym will be set-up for a single court for the last three matches, leaving plenty of room for spectators.