Pep talk is conducted by Chemainus Secondary School senior girls volleyball team coach Cindy Bowden at the Cougars’ bench. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pep talk is conducted by Chemainus Secondary School senior girls volleyball team coach Cindy Bowden at the Cougars’ bench. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Volleyball teams strive to dig deep at crucial time of the season

Victories continue to elude senior and junior girls under adverse circumstances

The volleyball season is already down to the nitty gritty for Chemainus Secondary School girls teams.

The senior Cougars lost their last match against Frances Kelsey 21-25, 8-25, 24-26.

”We didn’t seem to have our heart in the game,” noted coach Cindy Bowden of last Tuesday’s outing. “We made a lot of errors and it cost us the game.”

Akiho Tomida stepped in to set for the Cpugars during the first game and did a wonderful job.

”There were some great plays, especially in the last game,” added Bowden, accentuating the positive.

Andrea Brooks, Alexis Belton, Katie White, Emma Wilson and Melanie Cheng all had some great hits.

It’s been a busy practice week for the team, leading up to the start of the North Island Championship Tournament at John Barsby School in Nanaimo Friday and Saturday.

The junior Cougars lost all three games in their last match against Queen of Angels School in Duncan.

“The girls are getting better at setting up plays but unfortunately they are not consistent from the serving line which is a big reason for our losses,” observed coach Kelsey Bell.

But the team lost more than the games with a second injury of the same nature to a player.

Maggie Fraser tore tendons in her foot and the same thing happened previously to Sydney Greenwood, who’s now on the mend.

“Having two girls injured is going to impact our play but we are excited to get a lot of playing time,” Bell indicated.

The juniors play a home game Thursday against Queen Margaret’s School followed by a weekend tournament at Brentwood College.