Chemainus Cougars’ Hannah DuMez, Morgan Bottomley and company at the bench. (Photo submitted)

Work ethic paying off for Chemainus senior girls volleyball team

Single set victories in the last two matches reason for optimism

Members of the Chemainus Secondary School Cougars senior girls volleyball team are putting in the hard work and getting rewarded.

Coming off their first win in a set this season the previous week against Queen Margaret’s School, the girls went into battle last Tuesday in Duncan against the always-tough Duncan Christian School Chargers.

“It went really well,” said head coach Kelsey Bell. “It was probably our best game we played so far.”

The girls split the first two sets with DCS. The third and deciding set went in DCS’ favour, but the Cougars battled hard till the end.

“A lot of the girls were playing positions they usually won’t be used to,” noted Bell. “We switched things around.”

The girls have been dedicating themselves to attending early morning and special position practices, she added.

“The girls are putting in extra time to improve and it’s showing.”

The team lost several senior members from last season so it’s been incumbent on the few returning players and the best of the juniors moving up to carry the load.

Aona Seto, an international student from Japan, has joined the team. Daisy Wright has been a dominant force at the net and provided the first line of defence with her blocking in the DCS game.

The Cougars played at Brentwood College Tuesday and are entered in the Duncan Christian/Cowichan Secondary School Girls Volleyball Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Pool play Friday has Chemainus at Duncan Christian School against John Barsby of Nanaimo at 1:45 p.m., the host Chargers at 3 p.m. and Brentwood College B at 5:30.

The championship round in the 16-team event is at DCS Saturday and consolation play at Cowichan Secondary.

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