Vol­ley­ball team claims pro­vin­cial bronze

Stu­dents from two schools com­bine forces at fe­male mid­get tour­na­ment

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

A team of fe­males rep­re­sent­ing two Bay Roberts schools came to­gether to win a bronze medal at the un­der-16 fe­male pro­vin­cial vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onships in Clarenville, held Feb. 18-19.

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Jaguars, which in­cludes Grade 8 and 9 stu­dents from Amal­ga­mated Academy and Grade 10 girls from As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, beat the Clarenville High School B Team in straight sets (25-18 and 25-21) to earn bronze in the Tier 2 play­offs.

Ac­cord­ing to coach Sheree Janes, a teacher at Amal­ga­mated, the team had been prac­tic­ing for the tour­na­ment since Christ­mas.

“De­spite the short pe­riod of time to­gether, the girls played well,” said Janes.

The team got off to a rough start in Fri­day’s ac­tion, los­ing its first two games. Fac­ing the O’Donel High Ju­nior Team, the Jags went down in three sets, 17-25, 25-16 and 12-15. The team next lost to the Ti­tans Vol­ley­ball Club in straight sets by scores of 9-25 and 22-25.

Things turned around for the girls on Satur­day. Play­ing in Tier 2, the Jags won all three of their round-robin matches in straight sets. The team beat the Glover­town Ea­gles by a score of 25-13 and 25-10, then beat Bishop White, 25-17 and 25-15. It con­cluded round-robin play by de­feat­ing South West Arm by a score of 25-11 and 2518.

The per­fect record launched the Jaguars into a semi­fi­nal bye. For the sec­ond time in the tour­na­ment, the team faced the O’Donel Ju­nior Team. The squad from Mount Pearl once again proved too much for the Jags, win­ning in straight sets by a score of 25-16 and 25-23.

The Jaguars’ Holly Bartlett was named to the Tier 2 All-Star Team at the tour­na­ment’s con­clu­sion.

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Jaguars put in a good team ef­fort at the 16-un­der Fe­male Pro­vin­cial Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships in Clarenville. The team, which in­cludes stu­dents from Amal­ga­mated Academy and As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, earned a bronze medal in Tier 2. Team mem­bers in­clude: Front (l-r) — Kiana Hod­der, Kara Hod­der; mid­dle — Jessie Downey, Arynne O’Reilly, Kris­ten Downey; back — Brit­tany Roberts, Tay­lor Janes, Kris­ten Fran­cis, Holly Bartlett, Chloe Mercer and Erica Bad­cock.

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