The Vanier Crusaders No. 2 team didn’t go undefeated at the Yukon Schools Athletics Association’s Grade 8 Volleyball Championship last week, but they got wins when it mattered.
“The girls came together, worked hard, stuck to the fundamentals, and we had good help from a couple of Grade 11 students at our school,” said Vanier co-head coach Darren Susin. “Good fundamentals — keeping it simple.”
After dropping a pair of matches in round robin play, the Crusaders reached the final with a win over the F.H. Collins Warriors. They then captured the Grade 8 girls title with a tight 25-18, 17-25, 15-9 win over the Porter Creek Rams on Saturday at Porter Creek Secondary School.
“We were nervous in the second (set) but then we picked ourselves up in the third set,” said Crusaders’ Christine Miral. “We needed to look out for the tips, tips from the other team.”
With a good attitude and a polished all-around game, Miral was named the tournament’s most valuable player following the medal ceremony.
“She was selected because throughout this season and in this tournament she’s been pretty consistent with passing, with her setting and with her serves,” said Susin. “She has great energy and sportsmanship throughout.”
“I feel happy. I wouldn’t have gotten this without my coaches,” said Miral of the MVP nod. “They taught me skills. And my teammates, it was fun working with them …
“I think Amelia (Stewart) stood out; she was really good. She had good sets, she had good serves and good spikes.”
In the battle for bronze Teslin Community School defeated F.H. Collins Warriors B team in three sets.
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