Alberni’s Armada junior girls ‘dig’ volleyball

There will be spikes, digs and kills at the Alberni District Secondary School gym on Thursday as the junior girls team hosts their only tournament of the year.

The ADSS senior girls volleyball team run through a drill at practice. The ream is preparing for the North Island championships next month. Meanwhile

There will be spikes, digs and kills at the Alberni District Secondary School gym on Thursday as the junior girls team hosts their only tournament of the year.

Several teams from around the Island are coming to participate.

“It’s nice to have schools from other communities coming to us,” coach Candice Werner said.

Players have been practicing twice a week since the second week of school and competing in the North Island league against teams from Campbell River, Comox and Courtenay.

The team last participated in a tournament at Timberline Secondary in Campbell River.

The 12-member Armada squad is stocked with Grade 9s,Werner said. “It makes a big difference in terms of size and skill but it also means we have a bright future.”

The Armada senior girls have 13 players, a stat that when combined with the junior squad points to a resurgence in highschool volleyball.

It’s the first year in recent memory that there are enough players to field two high school volleyball teams.

“We’re a triple-A school in size and it’s disappointing that we haven’t had enough players for two teams but now we do,” Werner said.

The junior squad is already steeped in fundamental skills as well. “They understand their positions and switching so they’re savvy,” Werner said. “There’s still work to to be done though.”

Dig and smash… The ADSS senior girls are preparing to compete in the North Island championships, which are being held in Nanaimo in November. The team will be without mainstay Jami Oliver, who was lost to an ankle injury mid-season.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Brush fire breaks out near Taylor Arm Park

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 west of Port Alberni

Rosalind Chapman seeks seat on Port Alberni city council

Community volunteer and longtime Alberni Valley resident Rosalind Chapman will seek a… Continue reading

Accident causes power outage on Beaver Creek Road

One sent to West Coast General Hospital in crash

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

Save-On-Foods donates to summer kids’ program in Port Alberni

Food bank takes over from breakfast programs once summer vacation starts

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read