Bryan Gee saw what he had been looking for since the start of the season when the Coquitlam Ducks faced off against the Prince George Juvenile Kodiaks in the Super Series final.
The Ducks, who have been plagued with injuries and inconsistent play throughout the season, saw all the pieces come together as they came away with a three set win over the Kodiaks 23-25, 25-12 and 15-7.
The Ducks had an early lead in the first set, up 12-7 at one time, before the Kodiaks rallied to take the lead and went on to win the first set.
After that it was the Ducks as they capitalized on Kodiak mistakes and the front row, which included provincial team blocker Lindsay Noort, denying the Kodiaks’ power hitter Leigh Dreher’s kill shots.
“It was an excellent opportunity. We had a full squad here and there were some injuries but it was the perfect time to start peaking and getting ready for provincials which are in two weeks,” said Gee. In round robin play the Kodiaks came away with a straight set win over the Ducks. The Ducks had five members from last season’s midget provincial team.
In the first two super series, the Ducks came away with a seventh and 14th place finish.
“We’ve been up and down this year and we’ve been plagued with a variety of injuries. They are all grade 11’s. They are the defending Grade 10 champions. They came up there and played really well. They played a higher level of volleyball than they have played all year. I’m really proud of them,” said Gee.
Gee knew coming into the final they would have to find a way to play against the Kodiaks high energy game.
“It was a great game in round robin as well. We came better prepared to play them. They play a very high energy game. A very high tempo game. It’s tough to keep up with them.