Caledonia’s Jr. Girls ‘A’ Volleyball team are the 2013 Northwest Zone Champions after winning the tournament in Prince Rupert earlier this month.

Caledonia’s Jr. Girls ‘A’ Volleyball team are the 2013 Northwest Zone Champions after winning the tournament in Prince Rupert earlier this month.

Undefeated Caledonia Jr. Girls win zones

Caledonia’s Jr. Girls volleyball team went undefeated in the Jr. Girls ‘A’ zones championship earlier this month in Prince Rupert

Caledonia’s Jr. Girls volleyball team went undefeated in the Jr. Girls ‘A’ zones championship earlier this month at Charles Hays Secondary in Prince Rupert.

The team defeated Hazelton, Charles Hays, Ebenezer, and  Queen Charlotte City – all two games to zero in the team’s pool play.

That placed the squad in the semi-finals against Bulkley Valley Christian School from Smithers, where the Terrace team rose to the challenge to defeat that team again two games to zero.

And in the gold medal match against Smithers Secondary they retained their perfect record, winning both sets and scoring gold.

“We have been the team to beat all season with very few losses,” said coach Adri MacKay. “But our strength was certainly highlighted this weekend.”

Hailey Mitchell was chosen for the All Star team and Carly Davies received the Most Valuable player award for the tournament. “A terrific end to our season,” she said.

And senior girls’ coach Carmen Didier says she’s thrilled to see success like this throughout the girls’ volleyball program in Terrace. From the Grade 8 program to the senior program, Terrace girls volleyball has dominated the northwest region, she said, noting the success of the Skeena Grade 8’s and the Grade 9’s.

“The development of provincial contending teams does not happen over two or three seasons, it starts in Grade 8,” she said. “Right now I am so pleased to see the Grade 8 and junior programs in their progress. The girls moving through these programs are going to be very good.

“The support of school administration and the volunteer coaches cannot go unnoticed,” she added. “This has been a contributing factor in the success of these teams and will be in future years.”