The Senior Girls Armada Volleyball team battled it out over the past couple of weeks and won a spot at the AAA Provincial Championships—the first Senior Girls Volleyball team to do so since 1986.
The team participated in the AAA Island Championships in Campbell River from Nov. 17-18. The Armada were looking to earn one of four births to the Provincial Championships—a tall order, considering four teams at the tournament were ranked in the top 10 in B.C.
The girls fell just short of their goal, taking the fifth spot at Islands.
However, their fifth place win earned them a birth into a wild card tournament the weekend of Nov. 25-26 in Delta. The winner of the tournament got a spot at the 16-team Provincial Championships.
The Armada faced three other teams from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Kamloops. ADSS played well, winning all three of their matches, and earned the last spot at the Provincials.
The girls participated in the 2017 AAA Provincial Championships this weekend, held in Vancouver at Crofton House School.
The Armada played seven matches over three days, and battled to an 11th place finish in the 16-team tournament.
Highlights include a strong match against the number one-ranked Little Flower Academy and eventual second place finishers Timberline, as well as victories over LV Rogers from Nelson and Windsor Secondary from North Vancouver.
The ADSS girls were also chosen as the most Sportsmanlike team of the tournament.
Five teams from the North Island Zone represented Vancouver Island at the Championship, and all finished in the top 11. According to ADSS head coach Jean Contant, this shows the strength of girls volleyball here on the North Island.
In the top 11 were silver medalists Timberline from Campbell River, fourth place Mark Isfeld from Courtenay, fifth place Carihi from Campbell River and NDSS from Nanaimo, who were eighth.