The Timberline Wolves Senior Girls Volleyball Team has achieved its goal for the year; to qualify for the B.C’s.
The girls won bronze at the Vancouver Island AAA Girls Championships, securing a spot in the provincials. The 10-team event was held at Parkland Secondary in Sydney. The Wolves were ranked third going in and knew they had to play their best to place in the top three.
In pool play, the Wolves beat Frances Kelsey of Mill Bay 25-13;25-18 before moving on to defeat Esquimalt 25-7;25-6. Next up was Wellington of Nanaimo who fell to Timberline in straight sets, 25-11;25-10. The first few matches served as a good preparation for our final pool match of the day against the No. 2 ranked team in the province, Nanaimo Secondary. Once again, as they had done at North Islands, the Wolves came close to NDSS, but just couldn’t finish. They were the only team at the tournament to take Nanaimo to a deciding set. They get closer and closer to them each time they play. Unfortunately, they lost 23-25; 25-16 and 12-15.
That left the Wolves second in their pool and into the play-off round. The first play-off match was against Mark Isfeld of Comox. Timberline served tough and played with an aggressive attack and beat Isfeld two straight, 25-14; 25-17. This put them into the semifinal against Ballenas of Parksville, the No. 5 ranked team in B.C.
The semifinal matches were best of five and Timberline took Ballenas to five sets.
It was a very exciting match, probably the best of any in the tournament. In the semifinal, Vanessa Schulz had the team high passing percentage, while Sarah Chase lead in kills. Farryn Elhorn had the best serve percentage while Kaitlyn Herbert had the most blocks. Tommi Corder and Nicole Herbert shared setting duties and did a great job running the offense.
The final match of the tournament was for the bronze medal and was the same match-up as North Islands against Carihi. As in the North Islands, the Wolves defeated Carihi in straight sets but this time to earn a berth to the provincial championships.
“It was a total team effort,” said coach Terry Philp. “Our defense and tenacity got us that medal. We have really come a long way in becoming a team this year. It hasn’t been easy and we’ve had a lot of bumps along the road to achieving this goal, but we did it and we are ecstatic.”
Sarah Chase, who had a great weekend both offensively and defensively, was named to the all-star team.
The B.C’s are next week in Vancouver and it is an opportunity for the younger players to be exposed to this type of tournament.