Ladysmith senior girls to vie for spot at provincial championships

The Ladysmith senior team came together during this weekend’s Island Championships at Woodlands Secondary School.

#12 Kara Galbraith of the Ladysmith AA Senior Girls high school volleyball team makes a play at Woodlands Secondary School on Friday.

It has been a foregone conclusion for weeks that Brentwood, Highland and Lambrick Park were the three top AA senior girls high school volleyball teams on the Island.

Ladysmith is the best of the rest.

The team came together during this weekend’s (November 18-19) Island Championships at Woodlands Secondary School in Nanaimo, earning the team a spot in the final four.

A key two-set round-robin victory over the Island’s fifth-ranked Shawnigan Lake side sent the team into the playoff round of six, where they convincingly handled the host Woodlands side, again in two sets.

Things got tougher in the semi-final, where Ladysmith lost to the province’s second-ranked team (and Island’s number-one), a loaded Lambrick Park squad. It then dropped the third-place match against B.C.’s sixth-ranked team, Brentwood.

Brentwood had lost its semi-final match to B.C.’s number-eight Highland by the narrowest of five-set margins.

The top three teams from the Island qualified for the B.C.s.

Ladysmith could join them with a challenge match win later this week against the number four teams from the Sunshine Coast.

The Cedar Spartans also did well at the Vancouver Island Girls A Volleyball Championships hosted at Cedar Secondary on Nov. 18 and 19, netting first place in the final against Duncan Christian school.

The win means the Spartans will now move on to the provincials in Prince George.

Tournament All-Stars included Cedar’s Alexa Ellis (MVP) and Trisha Randen, also of Cedar.

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