There is a first time for everything and the adage rang true this weekend as the tournament final of the Camosun College Chargers Men’s Volleyball Annual Senior High School Boys’ Fall Classic took an unusual turn.
“The tournament went very well and a lot of the matches went the full three sets because of the competitive nature of many of the matches,” comments Camosun Chargers Head Coach Charles Parkinson. “In the end, Dover Bay and Seaquam made the finals. Unfortunately, Seaquam had to forfeit and take second place because they had to catch the 9pmferry back to Delta and would not have made it if they played the match.”
As Seaquam was forced to an early exit from the event, the Chargers men’s volleyball team organized a friendly match against Dover Bay.
“We wanted to give Dover Bay the experience of a final and despite taking them in straight sets, they handled things really well and were awarded first place,” says Coach Parkinson.
Claremont and Pacific Christian made the semi-finals and finished in a third-place tie. On the consolation side, newcomers to the Chargers’ Fall Classic High School Tournament, SMUS, took first place over Ballenas.
“St. Michaels had a very slow start but kept working together as a team and got better with each match,” reports Coach Parkinson. “They saved their best for last, knocking off the Gulf Islands in the semi and then taking Ballenas in the finals in straight sets.”
There were a number of stand-out performances over the weekend with the following players earning All-Star status:
“It was great to see 14 Island boys’ teams in the tournament and I can’t help but think that the Olympic volleyball was an inspiration for many high school athletes to look at volleyball as a viable sport option,” states Coach Parkinson. “There was considerable talent amongst this year’s participants and I hope some of the Grade 12’s choose to come to Camosun next season as we’d love to work with them.”