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Brentwood overcomes challenges

Tall order faces teams trying to get the ball past the Brentwood College front line. Tessa Felix (12) and Megan Jackson (6) have the open spaces all blocked during the ISA final match. - Andrew Leong
Tall order faces teams trying to get the ball past the Brentwood College front line. Tessa Felix (12) and Megan Jackson (6) have the open spaces all blocked during the ISA final match.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Brentwood College’s senior girls’ volleyball team thrives on playing the best competition possible.

The current No. 1 ranked team in provincial AA high school girls’ volleyball hasn’t received many tough tests in the past during the Independent Schools Association championships. This year’s tournament hosted by Brentwood last weekend was a different story.

Oh, Brentwood College still won it all for the second straight time, but the team received some necessary challenges to stay in peak form during the stretch run to the provincials.

“It was nice to have three matches that were decent,’’ said Brentwood coach Jill Fougner. “It kind of got the monkey off our back. It’s one of those pride tournaments.’’

“It was a fun tournament and yet another opportunity for improvement,’’ added Brentwood captain Anne Huis In’t Veld.

Brentwood romped through pool play by defeating Glenlyon Norfolk 25-11, 25-17, York 25-17, 28-26, Mulgrave 25-13, 25-18 and Maple Ridge 25-10, 25-8.

“Round robin is always good,’’ said Fougner. “I can normally get in the girls who don’t see a lot of court time.’’

York and West Point Grey were the emerging teams that impressed Fougner. West Point Grey had a great first set in the semifinal against Brentwood, losing 25-21, but got destroyed in the second 25-8.

The final was the usual match-up against Crofton House and Brentwood prevailed 25-15, 22-25 and 15-3 with a powerhouse performance in the third.

“They had a good game the first game, but fooled around a little in the second,’’ Fougner said of her players.

“The good thing is we haven’t peaked. We’re not quite at that point yet. We have a lot of room still for some development.’’

“The past couple of tournaments have all been about process,’’ Huis In’t Veld indicated. “Every tournament is an opportunity to improve and to perfect our skills for the big finale, which is of course the provincial championships.

Brentwood played showcase matches against No. 2 Woodlands Thursday and Friday.

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