The Chemainus Secondary School Cougars senior girls volleyball team is on a mission.
The Cougars turned the corner on their season with a 25-19, 22-25, 15-8 victory over Duncan Christian School at the Chemainus gym last week.
The true potential of the team showed, with everyone working together and clicking to take the high-paced, exciting match.
“It was a great game, very proud of all the girls,” noted coach Kelsey Bell. “They came to play.”
It was a team win all the way, but also produced some impressive individual statistics. Jaymi Wallace had five kills, Julia Peterson contributed 25 assists and three aces, Hannah Tuplin recorded three aces and made three saves, Natalie Craig compiled four kills and overall earned seven points during the set with five tips and Kate Curran went an amazing 12-for-13 on serving attempts.
“It was an important win for our girls,” pointed out Bell. “Hopefully, we hit the ground running.”
An additional game was actually played at the end to give the alternate players on both sides a chance for some floor time and Chemainus won that as well.
As a result, Chemainus climbed over DCS into the No. 3 senior A girls ranking on the Island behind No. 1 Nanaimo Christian and No. 2 Lake Cowichan, with lots of time left in the season to move up.
“I was very happy,” said veteran Chemainus player Peterson. “We’ve never beaten DCS.”
Peterson said she usually doesn’t get nearly as many assists, but “we worked so well this game. I didn’t even have to move.”
Chemainus has been losing points in previous matches because many serves were going out, but that rarely happened this time.
“That was, for sure, our best game we’ve played as a team skill-wise,” Peterson said.
She attributed part of it to the girls just hanging out together in the gym for several hours, helping with the juniors and having an extended warm-up before the big game.
“We just passed the ball around a bit till the other team showed up,” Peterson indicated.
It’s called commitment and dedication and these girls have it for the program and each other.
“Everybody was on their A game that day,” conceded libero Jillian Rankin. “We had a good set of girls out there.
“I think we’re realizing enough of the girls are in their Grade 12 year. It’s our last year, let’s play hard. That was our best game by far. For me, especially, we have a lot of fun out there and I’m ready to win some stuff.”
The girls will attempt to keep it going at the Duncan Christian/Cowichan Secondary School tournament in Duncan Friday and Saturday.