The Richmond Christian Eagles senior girls volleyball team certainly made its trip to the Kootenays last week a memorable one, earning a historic finish at the B.C. “A” Championships.
The three-day tournament took place at LV Rogers Secondary School in Nelson and Selkirk College in Castlegar. It was hosted by the Mt. Sentinel Secondary Wildcats of South Slocan.
It proved to be an exhilarating ride to the final for the Eagles with thrilling five-set victories over Kelowna Christian School and White Rock Christian Academy in the respective quarter-final and semi-final matches.
The girls fought hard in the gold medal match versus perennial powerhouse and defending champions Immaculata Mustangs from Kelowna, but fell in four sets.
The silver medal finish was the best ever at the provincials by a senior girls team at Richmond Christian in school history. The result also came on the heels of the Eagles’ junior boys team finishing second at the provincial invitational.
There were also plenty of individual honours for the girls as setter Kaitlynn Lam and left side hitter Jaylen Yee were named Tournament First Team All-Stars. The Second Team included right side hitter/setter Juliette Sutter.
The roster also features: Grade 12 players: Taylor Archibald, Courtney Burkholder, Leah Goertz, and Rebekah Prasad; Grade 11s: Emma Burton, Hannah DyNing, Madeline Fleischer and Ellen Yam; and Grade 10s Elise Burrage and Nadine Plett.
The team is coached by Patrick Wong and Leanne Leong. The team managers are Makena Anderson and Casey Tin.