The PGSS Polars continue to rise above their opposition in the Prince George high school senior girls volleyball scene.
Last weekend it was the host DP Todd Trojans who fell victim to a Polars onslaught in their own tournament final, losing in two straight sets.
“We ran into a very, very solid team there,” Trojans head coach Nevio Rossi said. “They have a lot of talented players and they have a lot of depth, and they’re definitely an elite team.”
The Polars finished undefeated with a 5-0 record in the competition. After finishing 3-0 top top Pool A in the round robin portion of the competition, PGSS downed Quesnel Secondary School in the semi-final round.
“I think this weekend we faced a lot of local teams, and the teams that we played against I was actually quite impressed with because they really stepped up the game, and gave us a good fight,” PGSS head coach Allan Tong said following their victory in the championship match. “[The] College Heights [Cougars] took a set off us in round robin.”
The Polars entered the tournament ranked eighth among quadruple-A schools in the province. The Trojans, meanwhile, have a less experienced lineup and are hitting the court in the double-A level.
The Trojans, who knocked off the Duchess Park Condors 2-0 in the semi-final round to advance to the championship game, are hosting the double-A zone championship tournament Nov. 16 and 17. Rossi said they’ll use the next two tournaments, at Kelly Road and PGSS, to prepare themselves for the competition.
The Polars are vying for another berth to the quadruple-A provincials, held Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at Earl Marriott Secondary School in Surrey. Two weekends ago PGSS got a taste of their zone competition when they battled North Peace in the championship of a tournament at College Heights. They downed North Peace 2-1 to take the title.
The victory at DP Todd marked the Polars’ fourth tournament title of the season. The success has resulted in a lot of media attention and heightened expectations.
“I think they’re handling it very well,” Tong said. “I don’t think they’re too overconfident about it. They do recognize, yes we’re having lots of success, but you also have to earn that recognition by playing well on the court.
Grade 12 Polars player Shea-Marie Glass was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Tournament all-stars were Cassie Reynolds (John McInnis), Brittney McCullough (Kelly Road), Hanna Minck (College Heights), Elise Foot (DP Todd), Ashley Werbecky (PGSS) and Amy Hogan (Duchess Park).
Nechako Valley was named the tournament’s most sportsmanlike team.
“I think overall we had some ups and downs this tournament, and I think [in] the finals the girls stepped it up,” Tong said.