The L.V. Rogers Bombers include (back L-R) coach Jennifer Kidd, Jayne Johnson, Finnley Pitcairn, Louisa von Moreau, Antonia Laimboeck, Yuna Azuma, coach Megan Rushton; (front L-R) Sara Tolles, Bailey Stefani, Hanna Quinn, Ashley Hall and Miriam Grimm. Missing: Bryce Winters.

LVR romps to win at volleyball tournament

The senior girls went undefeated through two days of play

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.

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