Former Mount Sentinel Wildcats athlete Katie Wayling was front and center, turning back the clock at the CCAA volleyball National Championships this past weekend in the BC Provincial Capital.
Wayling, who has been out of the sport of volleyball for the past six years, came on as a substitute setter to help the Camosun College Chargers to the school’s first CCAA Women’s Volleyball National silver medal.
The Chargers fell 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24) to the Lakeland College Rustlers of Vermilion, Alta., in the gold medal game Saturday before a boisterous home crowd.
Camosun College finished the regular season in the PACWEST in sixth spot with a 8-16 record.
The team then lost in the first round of the PACWEST playoffs.
Entering the eight-team tournament as the host wildcard team and seeded seventh, the Chargers began to turn the tables on the favoured schools, first knocking off second ranked Humber Hawks Thursday winning 15-13 in the final game.
Wayling came on as a substitute for the Chargers against Humber.
Friday, Camosun continued its red-hot play with a sweep over the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves that advanced the PACWEST squad into the school’s first ever women’s gold medal match 3-0.
Lakeland, also looking for its first national crown, took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match before the Chargers showed resiliency winning the third set.
Camosun then came within one point of forcing a sudden death fifth set before losing the fourth set, and match, 26-24. Comosun led at one stage of the fourth game 18-12.
Once again Wayling was substituted into the game.
This is Wayling’s first season with the Chargers.
The 5’7” setter had a stellar high school career with the Wildcats, leading the South Slocan-based school to a pair of provincial crowns during the four years at Mount Sentinel.
Wayling was part of the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball champion in 2007 and B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball winner in 2008.
After high school, Wayling decided to take her skills south of the 49th parallel to play a season in in sunny Florida at Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, Florida.
The daughter of Rand and Christine Wayling of Castlegar took a few years off before returning to the classroom, and the volleyball court, at the Victoria-based school.
Vancouver Island Mariners, winners of the PACWEST title over Douglas College, won the bronze medal in the National Tournament by sweeping RSEQ champion Lynx d’Edouard Montpetit.
It was VIU's 17th national medal.