DCS coasts to island title

Douglas Groenendijk of DCS stands on guard, with help from Jon Climie, against Jordan Fraser of Ucluelet. - Andrew Leong
Douglas Groenendijk of DCS stands on guard, with help from Jon Climie, against Jordan Fraser of Ucluelet.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

The competition wasn’t the challenge Wednesday for the Duncan Christian School Chargers senior boys in the island A boys’ volleyball tournament.

It was themselves.

With DCS clearly favoured to win the four-team event on its home court, coach Peter Day had to look at the bigger picture.

“I can’t coach these guys to peak two weeks before provincials,’’ he said. “We need to spend the next week and a half really getting to the nuts and bolts.’’

As expected, DCS had an easy time with the field, winning 25-10, 25-17 over Ucluelet, 25-11, 25-17 over Campbell River Christian and 25-5, 25-3 over Chemainus in pool play.

The semifinal against Campbell River finished 25-16, 25-19 and the final went in the books as a 25-11, 25-7 decision over Chemainus.

DCS could seemingly turn on the gas at will, with tournament MVP Josh Klassen and Doug Groenendijk leading the charge behind the brilliant setting of Bennett King-Nyberg.

Groenendijk, Austin Palou of Chemainus, Isaac Williams from Campbell River Christian and Jordan Fraser of Ucluelet were team all-stars.

“We had a bit of a letdown against Campbell River Christian in the semifinal,’’ said Day.

“In the final, we won badly. It didn’t look like a final.’’

DCS has the ability to really turn it on but also lapsed a bit at times because the points came so easily.

“At this point in the season, I’m letting them struggle through that if they’re not picking it up,’’ said Day.

DCS is ranked No. 5 in B.C. for A with the provincial tournament in Kelowna just a week away. Realistically, DCS has the potential to be No. 1.

Behind the big three DCS players, “it’s a good supporting cast,’’ said Day. “That’s what we’re looking for. You’re only as strong as your weakest player.’’

Jon Climie is one player who’s come a long way. “He’s a big boy,’’ said Day. “He’s digging more balls than anybody.’’

It all bodes well for the pursuit of the elusive provincial title by DCS.

“We’re looking forward to it,’’ said Day. “This is what it’s all about.’’

As a tune-up, DCS played AAA Ballenas Tuesday in a match Day expected would be good for both teams.

More winners at DCS

The DCS junior boys’ volleyball team, coached by 1994 grad Jim Brandsma and DCS principal Kevin Visscher, won the Mid-Island junior boys’ volleyball championship.

The boys carried on to the island championships and placed seventh with a young team of four Grade 8s and three Grade 10s.

Results were: 17-25, 17-25 against Reynolds; 8-25, 18-25 against Woodlands; 19-25, 18-25 against Belmont; 15-25, 17-25 against Oak Bay; 19-25, 23-25 against Carihi and 25-16, 25-13 over Pacific Christian.

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