It was more gold striking for the DCSS Junior Girls this weekend in Prince George.
"This was an eight-team tournament in Prince George at DP Todd Secondary School. Our pool had the top four teams in the tournament in it and we finished pool play in first place with wins over College Heights, Kelly Road and DP Todd - all great games," says coach Terri Spencer.
"In our crossover, we played the DCSS Grade 9 team - our 9's are the nicest bunch of kids and are developing really nicely, but we came away with the win on that game. In the semi-final, we played College Heights and had two great sets against them with 25-22 wins on each set. This game really should have been the final as it was so evenly matched and a very intense and exciting game."
The win put DCSS in the final against DP Todd.
"We came out on top with 25-17 and 25-18 wins for the tournament title.
The team travelled with just 7 players as two players were ill and couldn't attend.
"The girls played every minute of every set and managed to stay focused and intense the entire weekend. They played a total of six games over Friday and Saturday, with five of those games on Saturday. I was really impressed with their tenacity - this is a special team."
Spencer added the girls all played amazing this weekend and each of them had their own big moments.
"Amy Brett was a stand-out for us throughout the tournament - she served well and had some amazing offensive attacks! It's some of the best volleyball I've seen her play. Sophie Amano also had a great weekend! We threw Sophie into a position she hasn't played much and she embraced it! Her serving was fantastic and she caught on to the new position quickly.
This tournament was important as it was the last opportunity for us to see the Prince George teams before Zones in November. We will both change and improve over the next month, but at the very least we have an idea of playing styles, who the big hitters are, and what the defensive systems look like. We want to position ourselves in the best possible way so we can come into Zones feeling confident."