Girls finding their rhythm

Setting up the attack helps Brentwood’s Kendra Stoner earn all-star status. - Andrew Leong/file
Setting up the attack helps Brentwood’s Kendra Stoner earn all-star status.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Coach Jill Fougner likes what she’s seeing from her Brentwood College senior girls’ volleyball team at the critical point of the season.

The team took a giant leap forward during the AA island championships at St. Michael’s University School, placing second and earning a place in the provincial tournament at Cedar.

That will make it eight consecutive provincial appearances for Brentwood.

“I think the girls were feeling a bit of that pressure as well,’’ said Fougner.

Brentwood came through with flying colours, with a little help from Head of School Bud Patel.

During a spirited talk, Fougner and Patel made the girls aware when they signed up for volleyball at Brentwood, the pressure comes with the program.

“I think they really took that to heart,’’ said Fougner.

Brentwood placed second in pool play, beating John Barsby and St. Margaret’s in two sets while losing a tight 22-25, 23-25 contest to Lambrick Park.

In the quarterfinals, Brentwood swept Gulf Islands 25-21, 25-15. That set the stage for a semifinal with nemesis Cedar.

After a poor start in the first game and an eventual 18-25 setback, Brentwood came on strong to take the best-of-five with 25-12, 25-19, 26-24 triumphs.

“We had to win that in order to get to provincials,’’ said Fougner.

“We just crushed them the second game, 25-12. Everything fell into place.’’

Brentwood lost a rematch with Lambrick in the final in four sets.

Karlien le Roux and Kendra Stoner were named tournament all-stars.

Provincials will be played at Cedar starting next Thursday.

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