Morning Star Staff
Big blocks, big kills, big serves, big rest.
The Vernon Christian School Royals senior girls volleyball team used them all as they struck gold at the St. Ann’s Academy Crusaders tournament in Kamloops.
After finishing third in pool play, the Royals rallied and bounced the host St. Ann’s Academy Crusaders in the Saturday final, 25-21 25-12.
“We arrived at the tournament straight from a two-day student retreat and played tired,” said Royals head coach Jason Reedyk.
“After a good night’s sleep, we brought our game to a much higher level. The team showed so much improvement through the eight games.”
Hannah Christensen led the charge with four service aces and five kills in the final while Rebecca VanderDeen also chipped in with two aces and five kills.
Strong setting by Haley Witt allowed for a balanced attack with great kills coming from Claire Oordt-Bosman, Anica Haberstock and Rachael Kroeker.
The Royals jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the quarter finals versus the Chase Trojans on the back of strong serving from Christensen, winning 25-11, 25-5.
In the semifinals, the Royals rolled the Clearwater Raiders 25-13, 25-16.
The Royals head back to Kamloops this weekend for the Thompson Rivers University senior girls tournament.