G. May of Belmont slams this spike. Mark Brett/Western News

G. May of Belmont slams this spike. Mark Brett/Western News

Belmont girls settle for silver at volleyball provincials

Several Bulldogs earn accolades

Rick Stiebel

News staff

At least there’s a silver lining for members of Belmont Secondary School’s girls volleyball team.

The Bulldogs fell to the Kelowna Owls at the B.C. Girls AAAA volleyball championship tournament on the weekend, dashing their dream of earning three consecutive provincial championships. The Bulldogs came up short in the final, but managed to earn a silver medal after another outstanding season.

The team went through the round-robin without a defeat and dispatched Burnaby North Vikings in the round of 16, said Belmont coach Mike Toakley.

“The team continued to play well, getting past a scrappy Handsworth Royals team and then a big and athletic Lord Tweedmuir team in the semi-final,” he noted. “But the Kelowna team was too strong defensively.”

Belmont lost in straight sets by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-23 in the final.

Taylee Pomponio and Gracie May earned first all-star team honours during the tournament, which took place in Penticton. Jocelyn Sherman was named to the second all-star team, and Aspen Nemeth was an honourable mention.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

 

Belmonts G. May and E. Gagnon go up for a block attempts. Mark Brett/Western News

Belmonts G. May and E. Gagnon go up for a block attempts. Mark Brett/Western News

Belmont’s A. Nault hits the ball over the head of her Burnaby North opponent. Mark Brett/Western News

Belmont’s A. Nault hits the ball over the head of her Burnaby North opponent. Mark Brett/Western News

The Belmont Bulldogs earned silver at the Girls AAAA provincial championshio tournament in Penticton. (Contributed)

The Belmont Bulldogs earned silver at the Girls AAAA provincial championshio tournament in Penticton. (Contributed)