Showing great composure, the Baie Verte Peninsula Emerald hung on and finished off Belle Island in a thrilling 19-17 third set championship victory.
This is the first provincial volleyball championship for any of the girls on the team and the first on the peninsula in a very long time.
On April 15-16 the Baie Verte Peninsula Emerald attended the 18U Girls NLVA Provincial Volleyball Championships that were held in Clarenville and Arnold's Cove.
The team was made up of 12 girls who ranged from Grade 9-12 and who came from Copper Ridge Academy in Baie Verte, M.S.B. Regional Academy in Middle Arm, Cape John Collegiate in La Scie, St. Peter's in Westport and Valmont Academy in King's Point.
This is the first real volleyball “club” team from the Baie Verte Peninsula.
Many of the girls were pretty inexperienced but were great workers and wanted to learn and improve, and they certainly did.
Friday got off to a rough start as the girls dropped their first two matches of the day against Bishop White of Port Rexton and Discovery Collegiate from Bonavista.
The next morning The Emerald played against two Crescent Collegiate teams from South Dildo. They played a little better and beat both their 18U team and the 16U team in two sets each.
In the semi-final the girls faced the Mobile Central High School Monarchs.
After playing a great first game but falling short, Mobile just seemed to be a little better than us on this day, but after a couple small defensive adjustments, the Emerald came out firing in the second game and won.
The offence really started to get going in the third set with relentless hitting from tournament all-stars, Chelsea Ward and Michaela Shiner. The Emerald won the third set and rolled into the finals with lots of momentum.
In the championship game, the 18U girls from Bell Island had certainly showed up to play.
Just like in the semifinals, the Emerald fell in a hard-fought first game. But this time, the girls had the experience of the semis in their pockets and they were ready to mount a comeback.
Again, they stormed back and won the second set on the back of tremendous serving, a great offence, run by our setter and tournament MVP, Jaime Walsh, and some timely blocks by co-captain Kristin Budgell.
The third set was the most intense set of the day and came down to the wire. No team would give an inch and at 15-15 nerves started to set in as both sides made some costly serving errors. But showing great composure the Baie Verte Peninsula Emerald hung on and finished off Belle Island in a thrilling 19-17 third set championship victory.
This is the first provincial volleyball championship for any of the girls and the first on the peninsula in a very long time.