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Water logged: DCSS Grade 9 volleyball team cancels provincial trip

The DCSS Grade 9 volleyball team will not be going to Surrey for provincials this weekend due to the floods in the area.
The DCSS Grade 9 Volleyball team won gold in Fort St. John, October 9. From left: Coach Kristen Gauthier, Ashlyn Buchan, Calla Bijl, Arielle Spencer, Shanedra Martinez, Hannah Legault, Ella Pike, Tyler Schmidt, Keira Heartt, Sophia Amano, coach Terri Spencer.

The DCSS Grade 9 Volleyball Team's miracle season came to a sudden and unfortunate end on Tuesday. The team announced it won't be going down to the Grade 9 Girls Volleyball Provincial Championships in Surrey this weekend due to the weather and floods in and around Surrey and the lower mainland. 

"After 48 hours of limbo, sadness, stress and anger(,) the decision has been made that it is not safe to travel to the lower mainland for The Grade 9 Girls Provincial Volleyball Championships," said head coach Terri Spencer in a Facebook post. 

The team was invited to the invitational tournament to represent Zone 8 after winning four straight tournaments.

"Anyone involved with school sports understands what a huge accomplishment it is for the girls to represent their zone and it's very unfortunate that they won't have this opportunity.  However, we definitely feel relieved that we weren't in a place of danger with the intense rains and highway problems. The girls reflected on this last night when I told them the news," Spencer said.

"I feel that it speaks volumes about their character at such a young age.  They are disappointed but are able to objectively look at the flip-side and recognize that people have lost their homes, have no place to sleep, and have been in very dangerous situations."

The team has really come together this year, after a summer of countless hours fundraising together for a future trip to Hawaii, and a missed season last year due to the pandemic. However, the team had to postpone the Hawaii trip as well due to the pandemic and travel regulations. 

The Grade 9 Provincials are set for this weekend, November 19 and 20, at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in Surrey. At the time this article was published, the event has not been cancelled or postponed. 

Year-end awards will be handed out to the players on Saturday.

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