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Duncan Christian School hosted volleyball championship over the weekend

Chargers, Lakers advance to Island volleyball championships
The Lake Cowichan School senior girls volleyball team competed against Nanaimo Christian School during a 16-team senior girls volleyball tournament hosted by Duncan Christian and Cowichan Secondary recently. Nanaimo Christian School won the match. The Lakers have advanced to the Island Championship being hosted at Nanaimo Christian School Nov. 16-17. (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

With their second and fifth placings respectively at the North Islands Senior Girls Volleyball Championship over the weekend, the Duncan Christian School Chargers and Lake Cowichan School Lakers have both advanced to the Island Championship at Nanaimo Christian on Nov. 16-17.

In the playoffs, DCS faced Saint John’s Academy and then Cedar, winning both matches, before powerhouse Nanaimo Christian School in the final. NCS prevailed three sets to two (25-12, 19-25-15-12).

“I am so incredibly proud of our entire team. We had some ups and downs over the course of the tournament, and had many opportunities for growth,” said DCS assistant coach Nicole Fitzpatrick. “In the gold match we had a rough first set, however we were so proud of our girls for getting out of their heads and showing up for the second and third set.”

The second and third sets were much closer than the first.

“They wanted the win and we have never had a win over NCS, so to come out with a big win in the second set had our girls hyped right up,” Fitzpatrick said.”The third set was a battle and we lost by a few points. But for our team it was a huge win. We want to thank our community for coming out and filling the bleachers. It meant the world to our girls. We are excited to be moving on to Islands.”

As for the Lakers, they fell to Aspengrove in the first round of the playoffs, dropping them into the consolation round, but made their way into the top six via wins over Campbell River Christian School and Port Hardy.

Chemainus Secondary placed 10th and did not advance.