The L.V. Rogers Bombers senior girls volleyball team came home with the hardware from the annual J.L. Crowe Block Party tournament after a dominating weekend in Trail.
The Bombers didn’t lose a single game over the two-day tournament that featured teams from across the West Kootenay and Boundary. It was the second year in a row that the Nelson team captured top spot.
“We played well and there were a lot of great individual performances, but what was most impressive from the girls was how they played a strong team game,” said LVR coach Jennifer Kidd.
The Bombers beat Grand Forks Secondary (25-8, 25-23), host J.L. Crowe (25-11, 25-11) and Boundary Secondary (25-10, 25-7) in the Friday round-robin portion of the tournament. On Saturday morning, LVR ran their record to a perfect 4-0 with a victory over Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries (25-12, 25-10) without losing a single game in all their matches.
The round-robin record earned Nelson a buy into the semifinal where they beat Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries (25-8, 25-12) to book a spot in the tournament final against the Grand Forks Secondary Wolves.
Dominant serving and a synchronized effort by the Bombers helped the girls clinch the title over the Wolves (25-8, 25-16).
“It was terrific to see the girls play the game with confidence and trust in each other, that’s when their game flows and is taken to a higher level,” said Kidd. “If they play this way for the rest of the season, we should continue with good results.”
Next up for the Bombers is a trip to Salmon Arm on Friday and Saturday followed by best-of-five playdown against J.L. Crowe to see which school will represent the West Kootenay at the B.C. High School AAA Provincials in early December.