Power pool formula cements volleyball tourney’s reputation
Organizers of this year’s Brentwood/Kelsey Classic Senior Girls Volleyball Invitational were happy with this year’s twist of power pooling the top eight teams for the annual tournament’s schedule.
“We had 16 teams participate and we pooled the eight strongest teams,” explained organizer and Brentwood coach Jill Fougner. “It made for better volleyball for them and for the teams that aren’t as experienced.”
Fougner said the decision to switch scheduling was based on a few requests and it “went well and people were really happy with the format.”
The winner of this year’s tournament, which took place at both Brentwood and Frances Kelsey schools Oct. 18 and 19 was powerhouse Lambrick Park. Timberline was second, while Vanier came third and Ballenas fourth.
“This tournament is known to be pretty competitive and a high-calibre tournament,” Fougner said. “It sort of has that reputation. We try to deliver on that every year as best as we can.”
Lambrick Park is currently the top ranked team in the AA division and Timberline sits in first in AAA. Fougner’s squad came out in sixth place, outdoing its initial eighth-spot ranking.
“I was very happy with our play,” said Fougner. “We ended up beating St. Thomas Aquinas, and they’re ranked at 6th in AA.
“Went to three with them. We had lost our first one, and down about eight more in the second and the girls came back to win it 26-24. And they won the third 15-10. We’ve been in those situations, where we’ve had some tough matches and so it was a breakthrough moment for us.
“We’re a young team, but we’re feisty and so that was a big win,” she added, noting standout players captain and outside hitter Karlien le Roux, middle blocker Rachel Jerome, and outside hitter Allie Waddell.
Organizer and coach Mark Jackson’s Kelsey team placed fourth in Pool D, and thirteenth overall following several tight matches over the weekend.
“This wasn’t the result we were hoping for but some improvements in passing and toughness at the net were noted,” said Jackson.
The crew’s first match Friday was a “feature match” played in front of a large crowd in Kelsey’s main gym against Ladysmith. Ladysmith won 25-18 and 27-25.
“Rochelle Reierson had a solid match with nine kills and solid passing and serving,” said Jackson.
Kelsey also came up short against Ballenas 22-25, and 14-25 and Reynolds Secondary 23-25, 20-25 on Friday, as well as Oak Bay 20-25, 23-25 on Saturday.
“Emma Aichelberger scored six kills and stayed on the line for seven serves in a solid performance,” Jackson said of the Oak Bay match.
Kelsey’s first victory came in a rematch against Reynolds Saturday, with scores of 25-22, 25-10.
“Lauren Barnes hit nine kills, stayed on the line for seven serves and also passed really well to lead the team in that match,” he said.
Kelsey had a chance for redemption against Ladysmith but lost the barn burner by 13-25, 29-27, and 20-22.
“Barnes was the star for Kelsey again with 13 kills and six serves and solid passing. Carlie Cameron did a great job as setter in all the matches and Tasha Gardner was one of the top servers over the entire tournament.”