The Lake City Falcons junior girls’ volleyball teams are making the most of a short season, said both the grades 9 and 10 coaches following the regional championships in Williams Lake Tuesday.
Two teams from Quesnel and a team from 100 Mile House travelled to Williams Lake to join Lake City Secondary School’s grade 9 and 10 teams in the round robin tournament. The team with the most wins following the round robin was set to advance to the zone championships this weekend in Prince George.
Quesnel Junior secondary, also with both a Grade 9 and 10 team, took the top spot and captured the berth to the zone championships after its Grade 10 squad went unbeaten in three matches.
Quesnel downed LCSS Williams Lake Campus (grade 10s) 29-27, 25-15 and beat LCSS Columneetza Campus (grade 9s) 25-20, 25-10 before knocking off 100 Mile House’s Peter Skene Ogden Eagles, 25-14, 25-11.
LCSS Williams Lake, meanwhile, defeated its Columneetza campus teammates (24-26, 25-11 and 15-10) and Quesnel’s grade 9 club (25-15, 25-14) to finish in second place.
LCSS Columneetza, taking third in the tournament, picked up two wins over Quesnel’s grade 9s (25-21, 22-25, 15-10) and PSO (25-21, 25-14).
Raj Lalli, coach of LCSS Williams Lake, said despite her club finishing second in the tournament they may still be participating at zones this weekend.
“Quesnel qualified for zones but if they decide not to go, a notion they indicated, we will replace them,” Lalli said, adding she’s seen steady improvement to her team’s play during the short one-month volleyball season.
“We had a late start, gym space issues, but our Grade 10 team will play about 20 games within a month which is a good experience for this inexperienced team.”
Additionally, LCSS Columneetza coach Lacey Tomlinson said a few Grade 9 players will join the Grade 10 squad should they play at zones this weekend.