Strong opening tournament earns Wolves No. 2 ranking

'I consider this to be a rebuilding year as we are such a young team,' said coach Terry Philp

The Timberline Wolves Senior Girls Volleyball Team has placed second in their first tournament of the season and swept Vanier in a home opening league game.

At the 10-team Dover Bay Invitational, the girls knocked off the Number 2- and 4-ranked team in the province and now the Wolves find themselves ranked Number 2 in B.C. on the AAA list. They placed first in our pool then beat #2 Ballenas in the semi-final. In the final we lost 23-25; 24-26 to Cedar of Nanaimo. The match could have gone either way.

“I consider this to be a rebuilding year as we are such a young team,” said coach Terry Philp. “I have six Grade 10s and only three Grade 12s. I think the difference in us and those teams we played is that the six Grade 10s all played at a high level this summer and have a leg up on some of the older girls we played against. Sarah Chase played on Team BC and the other five girls all played on the Island Summer Games team that I coached. They won bronze at the games in Surrey this past summer and played against some top notch competition.

“I’ve told the girls not to let the high ranking go to their heads. It is early in the season and now teams will be gunning for us. The Island is really strong this year, so just qualifying for provincials will be a challenge.

“I am very excited about this team and the future of girls volleyball at Timberline,” said Philp.