Volleyball team claims provincial bronze
Students from two schools combine forces at female midget tournament
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.