Caledonia senior girls win fourth at provincials

Caledonia came back pleased from provincials in Vernon, having upset the top ranked team and played strong matches during the weekend.

Emma Kenmuir and  Mya Siemens shut down a kill from Windsor at provincials. Corriena McNeice covers the block to the right.

Emma Kenmuir and Mya Siemens shut down a kill from Windsor at provincials. Corriena McNeice covers the block to the right.

Caledonia’s senior girls volleyball team won fourth at provincials in Vernon last weekend, climbing significantly from their 10th place rank last year.

“We are pretty happy with that placing. It was a really good way to finish the season… the girls played really well,” said coach Carmen Didier.

She says that with most of the players in Grade 11, they expected more of a development year for the team, but “they ended up being quite competitive.”

The tournament started with Caledonia facing Vernon, the home team, and the bleachers were packed with up to 500 people, horns blared, and drums and Vernon cheers reverberated through the gym.

Caledonia beat Vernon in the first set 25-18, but Vernon came back and beat them in the next two, 28-26 and 15-12.

“That was a really intense game, a really tough match… the girls played really well… we had them three times at match point,” said Didier.

“I don’t think the girls have ever played in that large of a crowd or that loud of a crowd.”

Next, Caledonia played Hugh McRoberts from Richmond, where Carmen says the girls were a bit deflated from the tight loss to Vernon.

Caledonia lost that game in two sets, 14-25 and 23-25, but started stepping up their game at the end, which helped them in the next back-to-back game against LV Rogers from Nelson.

They beat Nelson in three sets, losing the first 19-25 and winning the next two 25-17 and 15-10, ranking them third of four in their pool.

“We weren’t hanging our heads, we felt like we had some good matches,” Didier said.

The next day they faced Duchess Park, the number one ranked team in AAA, but Didier said the Caledonia girls came out confident and strong, knowing what to do from playing the team last year.

“When we were doing warmup I just had a feeling, I thought “Yeah, I think these girls are ready to fight,” and that’s exactly what they did. They came out and beat Duchess Park pretty solid the first two sets,” Didier said.

Caledonia beat them 25-17 and 26-24 in the first two sets, but lost the third set 17-25.

In the fourth set, Caledonia won the game 25-19.

“It was a really exciting game. We just rallied really hard,” said Didier, adding that they had a lot of long, strong rallies.

Next in the single knockout championship, Caledonia faced Windsor, coming out strong again and beating them in the first two sets 29-27 and 25-14.

Windsor came back and beat Caledonia in the third set 15-25, but Caledonia finished them in the fourth 25-20.

That put Caledonia in the quarter finals against Sahali, a very dominant team from Kamloops who had won all their previous games and ended up winning gold.

Caledonia played well but lost the game in three sets 25-12, 25-18 and 25-14.

“We were playing the best that we could, but they were just a better team,” Didier said. “The scores don’t reflect the rallies and the effort that our team put in.”

The loss dropped Caledonia into the bronze medal match where they faced College Heights from Prince George.

The match was only best out of three sets and Didier says that hurt Caledonia, who started out rough due to nerves and lost 13-25.

In the second, they started really building momentum again, playing really hard and climbing neck-in-neck; but they lost 25-27.

Despite the final loss, Didier says the girls felt good about how they played and the weekend was still a success, with the team climbing from 10th place to 4th.

“That’s the best-ever finish for Cal,” Didier said, adding that upsetting the first place team was a huge success.

“I just feel really proud of them.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Nisga’a Nation activated its pandemic safety protocols Nov. 20 after a positive COVID-19 case in the Terrace area was identified. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)
Nisga’a Nation reverts to phase one pandemic restrictions

Tightening of precautions follows discovery of positive case in Terrace

Cases have gone up in Northern Health in the past week, as they have all over B.C. (K-J Millar/Black Press Media)
Northern Health reports new highest number of COVID-19 cases in one day

Nineteen cases were reported to Public Health last Tuesday (Nov. 17)

New COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the in-person portion of the second annual Festival of Trees event scheduled for Nov. 20 -21 in Terrace. (Pexels)
In-person event cancelled, online auction still a go for Terrace’s Festival of Trees

Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation was planning to host the event at Heritage Park

FILE – British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears a face mask as she views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Masks now mandatory in all public indoor and retail spaces in B.C.

Many retailers and businesses had voiced their frustration with a lack of mask mandate before

(Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared Thursday.
COVID-19 outbreak at LNG Canada Project site

14 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

A woman being arrested at a Kelowna Value Village after refusing to wear a mask on Nov. 22.(@Jules50278750/Twitter)
VIDEO: Woman arrested for refusing to wear mask at Kelowna Value Village

RCMP claims the woman was uncooperative with officers, striking them a number of times and screaming

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)
‘I could still be the one out there’: Snowmobiler rescued, 1 missing on northern B.C. mountain

As Quesnel search and rescue teams search for the remaining rider, Colin Jalbert is resting at home

More than 70 anglers participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. A court date is set for Dec. 1, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Anglers ticketed in Fraser River demonstration fishery heading to court

Sportfishing groups started a GoFundMe with almost $20K so far for legal defence of six anglers

Care home staff are diligent about wearing personal protective equipment when they are in contact with residents, but less so when they interact with other staff members, B.C. Seniors Advocate says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
More COVID-19 testing needed for senior home staff, B.C.’s advocate says

Employees mingling spotted as virus conductor in many workplaces

Most Read