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DCSS Junior Girls bound for Provincials this weekend

Stiff competition expected.
The team.

The DCSS Junior Girls volleyball team flies to Vancouver today (Tuesday) for the BC Junior Girls Volleyball Provincial Championships. 

The tournament will be held in Surrey, BC and features the top 24 teams in the province, ranging from A to AAAA schools and based on results at zone championships.  Zone 8 was given two berths to the Championship and will be represented by DCSS and College Heights Secondary School out of Prince George.  The tournament begins on Friday with pool play and the championship round will be held on Saturday.

"We will be spending time with the squad from Earl Mariott Secondary School on Wednesday night, says coach Terri Spencer. 

Spencer says Robert Stevens, coach of the EMS team, reached out to her last week and extended an invitation to have dinner with their team. 

"Robert and I met last year via email when the DCSS Grade 9 team was set to attend provincials but couldn't due to the flooding on the lower mainland.  We've kept in touch over the past year and when Robert heard that our team got a berth, he called me to make arrangements.  Robert's team is strong, with a 41-1 record and we can't wait to meet them and watch them play," she says.

After a practice on Thursday evening, DCSS will face off against Kelowna Secondary School in their first game on Friday, followed by a match against Stanley Humphries out of Castlegar. 

"Results in pool play will determine our next match - if we end first in our pool, we will get a bye to the playoff round.  If we end 2nd or 3rd, we will play a crossover game against a team in one of the other pools."

Spencer says the competition will be stiff, but the team is looking forward to some incredible games. 

"Our goal is place top 10 - anything above that would be an absolute dream for the girls.  This team is small in size and numbers, but fiercely competitive.  We have had some excellent practices during the last week in preparation for the Championships.  I can tell that the girls have their minds in the right place - they want to go down and show BC that our little Northern Community can play volleyball."

"We would like to thank everyone who supported us this season.  We've had some particularly generous support for our travel costs from local businesses.  We would love to thank The George Dawson Inn, DM Henderson Roofing Ltd., Liberty Tax Services and Curtis York Trucking for contributing to our travel costs.  We couldn't have done this without these supporters."