Wildcats ready for challenge at BC High School A Girls Volleyball Championships
Mount Sentinel is taking an underdog mindset into the BC High School A Girls Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday in at Selkirk College in Castlegar and at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.
The Wildcats enter the tournament as the 16th seed.
However, according to head coach Joe Moreira, the seeding is just a number.
“We are a very young team with realistic expectations . . . a team that consists of Grades 9-10-11 players,” Moreira explained.
“Seeded 16th is not discouraging, rather it is just number that fades every time our matches start.”
Moreira said Unity Christian from Chilliwack, which has been the number one team all season, enters the tournament as the favourite. The Fraser Valley school boasts a roster of six talented Grade 12’s.
Three teams — Southpointe Academy from Tsawwassen, Immaculata from Kelowna and St. Ann’s from Kamloops — should push Unity Christian for the championship during the three-day tournament.
Moreira said all three teams are very good with a host of Grade 12s leading the charge.
He added the next cluster of teams from Langley, Osoyoos, Nanaimo and Vancouver should also test the favourites.
“We are not in the mix,” Moreira explains.
“We are still in a learning phase. This year is about learning to compete in preparation for the next three years. We have four Grade 9’s on our roster that are integral to our success.”
Mount Sentinel opens the tournament at noon in Castlegar against Meadowridge of Maple Ridge.
The Wildcats complete the preliminary round at 2:30 p.m. against Mackenzie and 5 p.m. against Ebenezer.
Teams are then seeded for the playoff round Friday, which is held at Selkirk College in the morning
The bronze medal match is set for 5 p.m. with the Championship contest slated for 7 p.m.
Mount Sentinel has hosted the A Girls Volleyball Championships numerous times in the school history, and won the provincial crown four times the last coming in 2007.