USS’ senior volleyball team

USS’ senior volleyball team

Ucluelet Secondary School senior volleyball set for success in 2017

“What they showed at the end of this year was that they could compete with the best Single-A teams in the province."

Their season ended without a title, but the future looks bright for Ucluelet Secondary School’s senior volleyball team.

The local co-ed squad placed second at the Single A Island Championship in Duncan on Nov. 9, losing their best-of-five finals matchup against the Duncan Christian Chargers.

USS coach Bryan Grigg said he was thrilled with how well his team held up against the Chargers, who were ranked sixth in the province while USS was not provincially ranked.

“They were all really tight, contested games. Every point was a battle,” he said.

“They never gave up. When the games were tight and on the line, they didn’t crumble. It was a really back and forth rallying type of game. The kids never broke. They definitely put the play to the Chargers.”

The senior team had only one Grade 12 player this season, along with three Grade 11’s and three Grade 10’s who played senior ball because the school did not field a junior team.

Grigg said the group’s core has been playing together for three years and placed fifth as a junior team at last year’s North Island Championships.

“The future looks bright…The skill is only going to increase, the height is only going to increase, the strength, endurance, everything’s only going to increase,” he said.

“What they showed at the end of this year was that they could compete with the best Single-A teams in the province and, I think, the outlook next year is that when we come back to this tournament, we’ll be hopefully successful and transporting ourselves to the provincials.”

The school’s 2017 volleyball season kicks off next September and Grigg hopes enough students come check it out that USS can field both a junior and senior team.

“We’re always looking for more kids. Hopefully next year we’ll have a bunch of juniors who are interested and we can fill the junior team because we want to continue to develop skills,” he said. “Where we were at this year competing with Duncan Christian, we want to be at that level all the time.”

 

Ucluelet Secondary School

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tourists are being asked to postpone their non-essential trips to Tofino as COVID-19 cases rise across Vancouver Island, but at least one accommodation provider is offering conflicting messaging. (Westerly file photo)
Victoria woman says Tofino Airbnb host encouraged travel despite provincial restrictions

“The only way I would get a refund is if she would be able to rebook the suite for that weekend.”

A sign outside Ucluelet’s Blue Room on Monday morning advises patrons that the restaurant has gone back to take-out only. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Some Ucluelet restaurants heading back to take-out only as COVID-19 concerns rise

Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel urges residents to be respectul of business owners’ decisions.

A sign at the entrance to Ty-Histanis asks visitors to stay out of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation announces lockdown after member tests positive for COVID-19

Essential travel only and restricted to Tofino and Ucluelet.

Tofino Sea Kayaking staff Sable Trafton holds a gift card they are contributing ‘12 Days of Jingle’ draw. One lucky local will has the chance to win $500 worth of gift cards to local merchants. (TLCC photo)
Tofino’s 12 Days of Jingle kicks off holiday season

“We wanted to do it early so people could make purchases and send them wherever they need to go.”

FILE – British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears a face mask as she views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Masks now mandatory in all public indoor and retail spaces in B.C.

Many retailers and businesses had voiced their frustration with a lack of mask mandate before

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

(Pixabay.com)
Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Winston Blackmore (left) and James Oler (right) were sentenced on separate charges of polygamy this week in Cranbrook Supreme Court.
No more charges expected in Bountiful investigation, special prosecutor says

Special prosecutor says mandate has ended following review of evidence from Bountiful investigations

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Parksville’s French Creek Harbour experienced a diesel spill on Nov. 23 after a barge and fishing vessel collided. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Coast Guard cleans up diesel spill in Parksville’s French Creek Harbour

Barge carrying fuel truck collides with fishing vessel

Stock photo
Senior from Gibsons caught viewing child porn sentenced to 10 months

74-year-old pleaded guilty after police seized 1,500-2,500 images

BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

Most Read