The Duncan Christian School Chargers senior boys volleyball team wrapped up their season with a bronze medal at the single-A Island championships in Nanaimo on Nov. 5.
The decisive match ended up being the Chargers’ third of the tournament, an extremely close battle against Comox’s Gaglardi Academy. After DCS took the first set 26-24, the Gaglardi Arrows won the second set 25-23 to force a third, which Gaglardi also won 15-10.
In the final standings, Gaglardi finished second, earning a berth alongside first-place St. Andrew’s at the provincial championships, while DCS placed third.
“It was an exciting tournament, to say the least,” Chargers coach Emily Harder said. “The boys played some epic volleyball, and I’m really proud of them.”
The Chargers opened with a decisive 25-7, 25-8 win over Ucluelet, then defeated host Nanaimo Christian 25-13, 25-7. That was followed by the match with Gaglardi, and then a 25-8, 25-20 loss to St. Andrew’s, the third-ranked single-A boys team in the province.
Andrew Young was named a tournament all-star. The team bids farewell to graduating players Nick Fernandez, Ryan Baines, Corbyn Neudorf and Mickey Johnnie.
Coach Scott Harder reflected on the season as a whole.
“What a great season we had,” he said. “Both coaches and players growing together as a team; an awesome group of players.”
Coach Scott Young was also pleased with the group of players.
“A great group of young men,” he said. “The boys played their hearts out. They left their skin on the floor. They gave it all. We can’t expect more.”
Duncan Christian will host the single-A girls Island championship tournament this Friday and Saturday.