The L.V. Rogers Bombers junior girls volleyball team claimed the title at the Mount Sentinel Invitational over the weekend. The team includes: (back L-R) assistant coach Megan Rushton

The L.V. Rogers Bombers junior girls volleyball team claimed the title at the Mount Sentinel Invitational over the weekend. The team includes: (back L-R) assistant coach Megan Rushton

Junior Bombers win Mount Sentinel tournament

The L.V. Rogers Bombers junior girls volleyball team strung together an undefeated streak to capture the Mount Sentinel invitational.

The L.V. Rogers Bombers junior girls volleyball team strung together an undefeated streak to capture the Mount Sentinel junior girls invitational tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Bombers needed a come-from-behind effort over J.L Crowe in the tournament final to clinch the title.

In a spirited opening game of the match, the LVR team fell behind early and despite a strong comeback late in the game fell short 25-23 in the best-of-three. A back and forth second game saw LVR setter Hanna Quinn serve for the game which went to the Bombers 27-25.

“The girls seemed to struggle with focus in this match,” said Bombers coach Jennifer Kidd. “After beating J.L. Crowe twice in two sets in the round robin, I think they were a little over confident. Then when they were down by quite a few points they became nervous and started to scramble. They needed to be aggressive and trust each other.”

The Bombers found the groove that helped the team win the round robin of the tournament in the third game. The LVR juniors came out with a 15-8 win when middle Bailey Stefani put away the match with a solid hit.

“What an amazing finish to the weekend,” said Kidd. “The girls came together and worked as a team, not an easy task when you’re down a few points. They listened to us and to each other, they trusted each other and dug in to fight for each and every point to finish the match. [Assistant coach] Megan [Rushton] and I are so proud of the determination shown by each of the girls.”

The junior Bombers travel to Nakusp on Thursday for a playday.