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DCS girls a triple threat for title

Island A champion DCS senior girls’ volleyball team, consists back row from left, of: Rachael Bakker, Chantal Bouchard, Olivia Bakker, Danielle Groenendijk. Front: coach Mary Joan Visscher, Becky Bazinet, Samantha Davison, Lauren King-Nyberg, Brenna Bazinet. - Tracy Bazinet
Island A champion DCS senior girls’ volleyball team, consists back row from left, of: Rachael Bakker, Chantal Bouchard, Olivia Bakker, Danielle Groenendijk. Front: coach Mary Joan Visscher, Becky Bazinet, Samantha Davison, Lauren King-Nyberg, Brenna Bazinet.
— image credit: Tracy Bazinet

The pieces all fell into place for the Duncan Christian School senior girls’ volleyball team to win the island A championship in Campbell River.

The DCS girls had three important factors going for them, the intangibles that separated them from the pack. The return of Chantal Bouchard from injury, the great contributions of young players Danielle Groenendijk and Lauren King-Nyberg, and the continued consistent and inspirational play from the rest of the team made the difference in the DCS title run.

That’s not to mention just how this group fit together into a cohesive unit.

“It’s not so much we won, it was all about the character-building,’’ said coach Mary Joan Visscher. “It’s exactly what a team should be.’’

The players started to hear and understand a familiar refrain from Visscher.

“After every game, my quote to them was ‘winning takes talent, but repeating it takes character,’’’ she said.

Bouchard’s return gave DCS more veteran leadership in the tough event.

“She came out of it very fantastic,’’ said Visscher. “It was comforting for her. She didn’t realize how strong our team became sitting.’’

DCS placed first in its pool, defeating Ucluelet 25-12, 25-10, Nanaimo Christian 25-8, 25-9 and Lake Cowichan 25-10, 25-13.

DCS opened the playoffs by sweeping Chemainus 25-8, 25-6 and then had two tough matches to complete the job.

Both went to three sets, with DCS prevailing 23-25, 25-21, 15-6 over Campbell River Christian in the semifinals and 25-21, 23-25, 15-13 over Glenlyon in the final.

DCS moves on to the provincial finals in Castlegar Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

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