The Duncan Christian Chargers celebrate winning gold at the Island single-A girls volleyball championships last Saturday. (Submitted)

Chargers win Island volleyball gold

Host DCS cruises through tourney to earn provincial berth

The Duncan Christian School Chargers were unbeatable last weekend as they played host to the Island single-A girls volleyball championships.

The Chargers won six straight matches without losing a single set as they cruised to the Island title, and were so dominant that even their coach couldn’t do anything to stop them.

“Because they were playing so well, I threw a couple curveballs in regards lineups, just to see how they would react,” DCS coach Jim Brandsma said. “First time was a little rough. The second time they did very well.”

In round-robin play, DCS beat Gaglardi Academy (25-13, 25-15), Victor Brodeur (25-10, 25-22), Queen Margaret’s School (25-9, 25-10) Brookes Westshore (25-4, 25-4) and Port Hardy (25-5, 25-20). The Chargers swept their rematch with Gaglardi in the final 25-8, 25-10.

Duncan Christian’s Jaymie Brandsma was crowned tournament MVP, while Chloe Bruce and Kearra McCormick were named to the first all-star team.

“All the girls played well, and we couldn’t have accomplished our goal of going to provincials without any one of them,” Jim Brandsma said.

Queen Margaret’s finished sixth after losing the sixth-place game to Brookes 25-16, 25-21. Muskaan Rai and Sydney Ball were both named to the second all-star team.

The Chargers will carry the Island banner to the provincial championships, which start next Wednesday in South Slocan, and their recent success will be a good springboard.

“We talked a lot about being focused coming into [Islands] so that we could eliminate big ups and downs,” Brandsma said. “We wanted to have this mentality going into the weekend so that should we win we could continue the same focus going to provincials.”

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Duncan Christian School’s Kristine Williams jumps up to fire the ball back during a match against Queen Margaret’s School at the Island single-A girls volleyball championships last Friday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan Christian School’s Candice Bennett spikes the ball back at the Queen Margaret’s School Royals during a match at the Island single-A girls volleyball championships last Friday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

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