Friday April 18, 2014

Sabres looking to make their mark

Murray Mitchell

TRU volleyball coach Pat Hennelly puts a ball into play while working with Sa-Hali secondary school players Wednesday night at Sa-Hali gym. At the net is April Read, left, and teammate Caet McCorkell.

For the Sa-Hali Sabres junior girls volleyball team, it has already been a successful season.

The Sabres, who won the West Zone championship on the weekend, qualified for the provincial championship and are the first junior team from the school in more than a decade to do so.

Starting today in Delta, the Sabres will try to make another mark in the history books and become provincially ranked, competing against B.C.'s best at provincials. The team already has won the West Zone championship, finished first in a tournament at UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna and qualified for provincials.

Sa-Hali will be going up against stiff competition on the weekend but its head coach said it's taking it in stride.

"The girls are definitely very excited," said Wai Ma, adding that the team had talked about using this tournament as an opportunity to make a mark on the volleyball community. "This is one of our top goals, to get to provincials."

Ma said the Sabres have been placed in a pool with the Port Coquitlam-Riverside Rapids and the Prince George-College Heights Cougars. The Sabres scrimmaged against both teams earlier in the year and lost, but they're using those experiences to prepare for the provincial tournament.

"We're looking forward to the challenge," Ma said. "It was very competitive between the three teams."

"We're really happy to lead the way for our program to grow more and become a provincially ranked team, instead of just making it in the Okanagan," said setter and team captain Brenna Worsfold.

She added that her team is feeling the pressure of being one the of the first Sabres junior squads to play in the provincial tournament, but it's trying not to let it become overwhelming.

"We just realize that we have a really lucky opportunity," she said. "We get to make our name known throughout the province and we're all super excited to be there and do what we love to do, which is play volleyball."


Also attending a provincial championship will be the AA Sa-Hali Sabres senior girls volleyball team.

Sa-Hali is off to Surrey from Nov. 28-30, and has been pooled with the co-host Surrey-Pacific Academy Breakers, the Nanaimo-Cedar Spartans and the Kimberley-Selkirk Storm.


The South Kamloops Titans senior girls volleyball team will be in Penticton for the AAAA provincial championship Nov. 28-30.

The Titans have been placed in a pool with the Surrey-Elgin Park Orcas, the Courtenay-Georges P. Vanier Towhees and the Fort St. John-North Peace Oscars.

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