Alberni Airborne digs volleyball

The three-year old Alberni Airborne volleyball club performed admirably in a home play day last weekend, the sign of a good club to come.

Alberni Airborne’s Natalia Dryburgh

The Alberni Airborne Volleyball Club didn’t place high in their home tourney standings but they placed first in heart and effort, first-year coach Lindsay Devine said.

The Airborne hostAlberni Airborne take flighted a 13-team play day at AW Neill Middle School and the Alberni Athletic Hall last Sunday. Teams came from Campbell River, Comox, Nanaimo and Victoria.

The U15 Airborne placed third out of six teams and the U 14 club placed sixth out of seven teams.

While the Airborne didn’t look as sharp as the more established clubs there were positive signs of a good program to come.

“The girls really came together as a team and stuck with the system we’re trying,” Devine said. “And I saw an improvement in the team’s serving.”

There are 12 girls on the U15 team and nine girls on the U14 squad. The girls come from both AW Neill and EJ Dunn middle schools. But the groundwork they are laying will serve them well once they get to the high school, Devine said.

AW Neill principal Julie Anderson and teacher Jelena Dyer have been building the volleyball program from the ground up for the last three years.

The sport may not receive the attention that basketball does, but there are similarities.

Girls basketball languished for two decades before teacher Laurie Hudson started a community development league, the players of which eventually benefited the high school. The results five years later are two appearances at the AAA Island Championships.

The plan with volleyball is to begin establishing a program at the middle school level. “That’s where club teams really start building skills and game strategy,” Devine said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Alberni teen earns black belt in taekwondo

Lachlan Duncan of Port Alberni earned his black belt at Dragon Martial Arts

ARTS AROUND: See magic on the stage at the Capitol Theatre

Murray Hatfield and Teresa don’t just do magic—they are magic

ELECTION 2018: Ron Corbeil runs for Port Alberni city council

Corbeil wants to focus on the economy, livability and affordability

San Group adds third shift to its Port Alberni mill

The new shift will mean 40 to 50 more jobs

BCHL: Mackenzie Wight returns to Bulldogs lineup

Forward returns following a Memorial Cup run with WHL’s Swift Current Broncos

VIDEO: 41 years later, Saanich author publishes story he wrote at 6 years old

Troy Wilson originally created Captain Otter while Port Alberni Grade 1 student

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

‘A little odd’ B.C.’s biggest city celebrates cannabis without a legal store

On the streets of downtown Vancouver, notably the Wild West of illegal marijuana, not a single legal store opened Wednesday, making for a rather anticlimatic kick-off

Most Read