The Dover Bay senior girls volleyball team had an up and down weekend at the UBC Mizuno Girls High School Volleyball tournament in Vancouver.
Struggling with nine of 10 players either with colds or the flu, the girls battled but didn't have the strength to take any of their matches on Friday.
They kept games close, losing to DW Poppy (No. 10 in B.C., AAA) in three close games (25-19, 15-25, 11-15), Duchess Park of Prince George in two (19-25, 23-25), and then battling St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 7 in B.C. -AA) at the end of the day (23-25, 15-25). Saturday began with an easier draw, with Dover beating Pemberton (25-12, 25-11) and Carver Christian School (25-13, 25-19), before facing St. Michael's of Victoria. Dover had good starts to both games against St. Mikes, but came out on the short end 25-18, 25-23.
"I thought we battled hard despite the illnesses and fatigue we faced all weekend," said coach Dave Nelson. "On a positive note, we know that had we been healthy, we more than likely would have come out on top on at least two of those matches on Friday and finished in a better placing, and it was nice to see the girls show a lot of character and heart battling through the adversity they faced."
Next up for the Dolphins is the Camosun tournament in Victoria Oct. 4-5.
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