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Timberline bumps, sets and spikes their way to gold

Tournament featured several teams from the Lower Mainland and Island
The Timberline senior girls volleyball team prevailed in a 36-team tournament held at Vancouver Island University last weekend.

The Timberline Senior Girls Volleyball Team won gold at the 36 team VIU Invitational on the weekend.

The tournament featured several teams from the Lower Mainland and Island.

The Wolves played seven matches without dropping a single set all weekend. In round robin play, Timberline defeated Cowichan 25-9; 25-5, Nanaimo Christian 25-8;25-6 and Gulf Islands 25-7;25-7.  Though the matches were quite one-sided, we tried to focus on our style of play which is aggressive and celebratory, no matter what the competition was like. We were able to use those matches to run different plays and get every player a lot of floor time. After winning our pool, we advanced to the Gold tier play-off round which featured the top 2 teams from each of the 8 Round Robin Pools. In the first round, we met Belmont of Victoira and beat them two straight 25-18;25-14. This match was more competitive. Belmont is one of those teams that is dynamic and aggressive.  Nicole Herbert set both games and did a good job running the offense. Power hitter, Sarah Chase, led the team in kills, followed by Right Side,Megan Turko. In the quarter-final, we played St Thomas Aquinas from North Vancouver. STA is a quick team and we had some great rallies with them. Tommi Corder set this match and did a great job finding her hitters. Middles Farryn Elhorn, Ana Christensen and Kaitlyn Herbert were strong in the blocking department. In the semi-final we met our strongest competition, York House from Vancouver. They have three provincial team players and the match was very exciting to watch. At one point in the first set we were down by 6 points but rallied back to win 26-24; 25-20. Libero’s (back row defensive specialists), Ray-Ann Caffery and Aryn Murray did a great job keeping the rallies alive for us. In the final against Cedar we were very aggressive on both defense and offense and beat them 25-17;25-13. Power hitter, Brooklyn Reesor was exceptional in the final, finding a way to score multiple points with her excellent shot-making ability. Back-row specialist, Hayley Zumkeller, served and passed well for the Wolves all weekend long.

This result should keep us at, or near, the top of the provincial AAA rankings this week.

All the girls performed well throughout the entire weekend and I am so proud of the way they represented our school and community. We are really coming together as a team and having a lot of fun along the way.

Sarah Chase was named tournament MVP, while Brooklyn Reesor received a first team all-star and Nicole Herbert was a second team all-star. They are off to Camosun in Victoria this weekend.

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