Cedar survives scare

Ball goes into arm’s way, as Emily Young of Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake’s Galia Horwitz stretch to get their fingertips on it. - Andrew Leong
Ball goes into arm’s way, as Emily Young of Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake’s Galia Horwitz stretch to get their fingertips on it.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Nine teams started and five advanced after scores were settled in the North Island AA senior girls’ volleyball playdowns at Brentwood College.

With Cedar moving up from A, it was one of the largest and most competitive fields seen in AA.

“It was probably better than it’s been in the past,’’ said Brentwood coach Jill Fougner. “It was a good level.’’

The tournament featured one pool consisting of five teams, with four in the other. Cedar and Brentwood won the respective pools.

Brentwood swept John Barsby 25-14, 25-15 in the semifinals while Cedar went to three sets to dispatch Highland.

The two pool leaders then clashed in the final and it went to three sets, with Cedar winning 25-23, 22-25, 15-11.

“It was a good final,’’ said Fougner.

John Barsby took third place, going to three sets to beat Highland.

Gulf Islands slipped into the fifth and final island qualifying spot by virtue of a victory over Shawnigan Lake School in two straight.

Ladysmith finished seventh, Woodlands eighth and Kwailkum brought up the rear.

Brentwood has been flying under the radar a bit this season, but that doesn’t bother Fougner one bit.

Her team received an outstanding performance from Spencer Manton. Kendra Stoner was also a standout and players like Lauren Hanson, a Grade 10 student, are coming along well.

The top five will be joined by No. 1 Lambrick Park, St. Michael’s and St. Margaret’s in what’s sure to be a highly-competitive island tournament.

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