A grade 8 girls volleyball team made a goal in 2015 to qualify for the B.C. Junior Girls Volleyball Provincials, and to try and win the whole thing. Two years later they did just that, becoming the first team from Dawson Creek to win the tournament on Nov. 25.
The DCSS junior girls volleyball team, coached by Aaron Powell (who was their coach in 2015 as well) were extremely dominant, winning all seven games at provincials and only dropping one set. In fact, on the season they only lost five games, and all five were at the senior level playing against girls in grades 11 and 12.
“I never thought we’d go undefeated. I knew we had a chance to win but we knew there’d be some challenges. Winning that title was pretty amazing,” Powell said. “We have a really complete team. I don’t think we have a star player like some other teams, but we have 10 girls that all play their position and role really well.”
It was a 32 team tournament. After the round robin, teams were ranked and the top 16 teams were in a bracket to compete for the championship. Dawson Creek was ranked sixth. They beat the third ranked team in the round of 16, squeaking out a victory.
In the quarterfinals, they stepped it up a notch. They played South Kamloops, the number four seed.
“We played our best game for the tournament and the year against them, beating them fairly handedly,” Powell said.
The turning point in the tournament came in the semifinals. Dawson Creek matched up with Pacific Academy from Surrey.
“It was a super tough game. At no point in that game did I feel we were in control.”
The girls were down 14-7 in the second set, but came back to win 26-24. In the third set, they were down 13-11, but got four straight points to win 15-13.
“We called a timeout in the third set. We said our season was on the line, and the girls bore down and found a way to get it done,” Powell said.
From there, the rest is history. Dawson Creek played M.E.I. out of Abbotsford in the final. With their nerves gone, the girls dominated, winning 25-13 and 25-16.
“We set a goal and had a plan (two years ago). Those plans don’t always come together but this one did and I’m super proud of them.”