A Lake Cowichan School girl’s junior volleyball player returns the ball to the visiting Chemainus high school team at the LCS gym on Oct. 3.

A Lake Cowichan School girl’s junior volleyball player returns the ball to the visiting Chemainus high school team at the LCS gym on Oct. 3.

Lake Cowichan School volleyball side honing its craft in preparation for Island qualifier

Junior girls: team looks strong and deep this year

The LCS junior girls’ volleyball team is looking to have a strong season, and gain entry into the Islands this year.

“We’ve got a good strong team this year,” said Shannon Steinenger. “We won our first game against Duncan Christian School, and we played our second game against Saltspring — which we lost—but it was close. They’re a very strong team so it was still positive.”

Last year the team had a very strong showing during the season, but due to the setup of the league did not qualify for the Islands.

“We’d just like to do well, and do better than we did last year,” said Steinenger. “It’s tough to make the Islands; you have to finish in the top two in the district. So that would be our goal for this year—we always shoot to make the Islands—being a small school we have to work pretty hard to get there.”

There was lots of interest in the team this year, and it is made up of 13 strong and committed volleyball players, said Steinenger.

“Volleyball is the main sport that we do here, and the culture around the school for volleyball is very strong,” said Steinenger. “It seems to be gaining momentum as the years go on.”

This year LCS will be hosting the tournament that decides who continues onto Islands.

The tournament will take place on Nov. 4 and 5.

“We won the league last year, we went undefeated, but in the tournament we fell short, and didn’t qualify to go to the Islands,” said Steinenger.

“So our goal this year is to have a good tournament showing. The season is just exhibition—we use it to hone our craft.”