The John McInnis Royals saved their best effort for the last game of the 2005 junior boys’ volleyball season.
The host Royals finished fourth at the 2005 Junior Boys’ Volleyball Provincials after dropping their final game in five sets.
First team all-star Stephen Steel said bronze medal game against Yale Secondary School a five set nail bitter was the most intense game the team has played all season long.
“That was probably the most intense game I’ve played in my five years in volleyball. We had great digs from our back row and some good little tips there too. It just didn’t go our way though,” said Steel, who was the Royals starting setter.
With just two players back from last season’s team, which finished fifth at provincials, head coach Sue Steel was happy with the team’s accomplishments.
“I’m really happy with the way they developed. They worked out a few kinks early in the season and they really came together as a team. They really enjoy working as a team,” said the coach.
The Royals opened the game with a 25-18 win before dropping the second set 25-22. The Royals regrouped with a 25-20 win before Yale forced a fifth set with a 25-15 win.
The Royals and Yale forced the fifth set to a 28-26 score.
“Both teams didn’t want to drop the ball. They just kept going and going and it was awesome to be a part of that,” said coach Steel.
“I think I can speak for everyone – that was our greatest game this year,” said Jason Estey. “We wanted to win. We just picked it up and we wanted to do the best.”
The Royals dropped an earlier decision to Yale during round robin play in three sets.
“I think we lost our focus in that game and it kind of let us down,” said Steel.
In the final, MEI [Mennonite Education Institute] defeated Burnaby North in four sets.
The bronze and gold medal games were played at centre court at CNC, while some of the early tournament games were played at John McInnis.
Duchess Park finished sixth while Kelly Road was 16th. Collin Carson from Duchess Park was named to the second all-star team.