Vancouver Island 14U championships were held Saturday April 15th at Dover Bay Secondary school in Nanaimo. Eight (8) teams competed for the title and for placements heading into Provincials later this month in Abbotsford. Victorious was the Parksville Volleyball Club coached by Rod Pick.It was an 11 hour battle for the teams that participated, with the Parksville Volleyball Club Thunder U14 team taking Gold versus the Victoria Volleyball Association Chargers Black team!
Parksville Volleyball Club Thunder 14U Girls attended the Island Regionals this weekend hosted by the Mariners Volleyball Club at Dover Bay High School in Nanaimo. Club teams from around the Island were in attendance. In the round robin, PVC convincingly beat Mariners and Campbell River Crush both in 2 sets leading up to the final game against Victoria. The girls played hard however lost in the 3rd set 15 – 13. This placed the girls in the top bracket leading into the playoff round.
PVC met Comox Valley Volleyball Club Strikers in the semi-finals. This proved to be a tough match also going to three sets. “We played Comox Valley a few weeks ago in a friendly match at Oceanside School”, said Coach Rod Pick. “They beat us that game and my team wanted redemption. Our girls were up for the challenge.” The girls lost the first set however battled hard in the 2nd to take it to a 3rd set. PVC was up 10 – 8 when Amanda Gregson #13 served 5 straight coming out victorious 15 – 8 and going on to the Gold medal match. “This was truly a team effort”, say Coach Pick. “The girls would never have had a chance to get to the finals if the whole team didn’t contribute in this match. It was a great team bonding moment for our girls”.
In the final, PVC met Victoria for the 2nd time and again went to 3 sets. “This is a very well coached team that we were up against however we knew if we could get to 3 we could wear them down”, says Pick. The 3rd set went back and forth however PVC held their composure and ended up winning in a nail biting 15 – 13 to win the Island Regionals 14U Girls Volleyball BC title! In the 30 years of this Island championship for Club Volleyball, PVC has only won it once before in 2002. “I could not be more proud of these girls, they have all worked very hard this year and so deserved this”.
This year’s PVC 14U girl’s team include: Coach Rod Pick, Asst. Coach Keri Young, Petra Balazs, Isla Brett, Sierra Foster, Amanda Gregson, Sophie Hodgson, Milea Howell, Alyssa Lane, Shayla Pick, Paige Reid, Ana Lucia Ronnau Cabral, Katelyn Spetch, and Emelia Von Ancken.
PVC would like to thank the following businesses for their continued support: Thrifty Foods, Arrowsmith Golf Course, Seaside Cruisers, Qualicum Physiotherapy Clinic, Geeks on the Beach, and VCS Valley Screenprinting.
14U Girls will advance and play in the Provincials in Division 1 in Abbottsford at the end of April.