By Quinn Allen.
The Douglas College Women’s Volleyball team topped off their outstanding season with a Silver medal this past weekend at Nationals in Grand Prairie, Alberta.
The girls got the weekend started in a quarterfinal tilt with the Host team, The Grand Prairie Regional College Wolves. In front of a packed gym filled with fans for the home team, the Royals won the match by 3 sets to 1. Setter Jane Kepler was the difference in this one, dominating the match with 31 assists and 7 kills on her way to Player of the game honors.
With that victory, The Royals matched up with The Humber College Hawks from Ontario. Both teams came out firing out the gate. The Royals blew a late set lead to lose the first set, 26 to 24. That didn’t hurt the ladies though as they bounced back immediately in the second set and never let Humber back into the match, eventually winning the Semifinals by 3 sets to 1. All-Canadian Vania Oliviera put forward a stellar performance for the Royals, collecting 20 kills and 21 digs. She was named The Royal’s player of the match.
The National final. The Royals goal at the beginning of the season, and they were finally here. It had an almost familiar feel to it though, with a rival who they had just beat two weeks ago in the Provincial final; The VIU Mariners. VIU breezed through the Nationals along with the Royals to reach the final, proving that the PacWest really does have some of the best teams in the entire CCAA. It was a classic PacWest match-up in this one. It was a dogfight from the get-go between the two powerhouses, with both teams exchanging points in a very close first set. The Mariners were able to come out on top, 25 to 19. In the second set, Douglas came out firing with several notable kills from Vania Oliviera to give The Royals an early lead, but VIU came back to win the second set, 25 to 20. In the third set, Douglas used resilience and determination to grab a set of their own just edging the Mariners, 25 to 23. The fourth set was an absolute clinic by both teams with endless rallies and some amazing kills and digs by both VIU and Douglas. Unfortunately, VIU would come out on top with a 25 to 16 win and take the Gold Medal. Vicki Schley was named the Player of the game for Douglas after an impressive performance with 7 kills and 19 digs.
Despite the loss, The Royals should be extremely proud of their accomplishments this year with a Provincial title under their belt and a Silver medal at Nationals. Considering where this program was at just a few short years ago, these are some amazing feats they have conquered this season and the future looks very bright for this Douglas College Women’s Volleyball team.