NDSS wins Island volleyball championship

The Islanders proved they’re the Island’s best.

Nanaimo District Secondary School’s senior AAA girls’ volleyball team won the Island championship Saturday in Victoria, defeating Ballenas in straight sets in the final, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18.

“The kids are really pumped up about it,” said Gary Maitland, NDSS coach. “They’ve worked hard for three months … Their goal was to be Island champions and they reached that goal.”

NDSS beat Carihi in the semifinals, 25-13, 25-20, 25-9. The Islanders’ toughest test might have come in pool play, where they defeated Timberline 25-23, 14-25, 15-7, handling adversity calmly.

“They’re very businesslike – this is the job at hand, this is what we need to go and get done,” Maitland said. “They don’t get too high or too low at any point. They’re really quite consistent.”

Victoria Behie was selected as tournament MVP.

GAME ON … NDSS was supposed to play an exhibition against Cedar today (Nov. 20), but it has been cancelled as too many Islanders players are unavailable … Senior AAA girls' provincials are Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Vancouver … The Cedar Spartans senior AA girls finished fourth at Islands and will be the host team at provincials at the end of the month at Cedar Community Secondary School and John Barsby Community Secondary School … Cedar's junior girls won the Island championship.

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