Ballenas’ senior boys volleyball team held course and earned itself a berth in the provincials over the weekend — this marks the first time in school history both its senior boys and senior girls teams have qualified for the AAA provincial championships.
Down Island at Oak Bay Friday and Saturday for the eight-team senior boys Island finals, the Whalers lost a close one to Reynolds to finish second in pool play, setting up a must-win crossover match against the Dover Bay Dolphins.
The Whalers took it in three.
On the weekend, the Whalers lost their next match against the top-ranked team in the province from Oak Bay, then took to the court against the Claremont Spartans in the third-fourth game with the winner moving on.
According to BSS head coach Steve Dorsay, the Whalers won the first two sets, 25-23, 25-23, dropped the third 16-25, then hung on in the fourth to win 25-21.
Setter TR Doty and middle Brad Harvey were named second team all-stars.
“The boys all played well and fought hard to get third place,” said their coach, adding his side heads into the BC’s (slated for Kelowna Dec. 1-3) ranked 17th in the province “and hope to finish above this ranking. I am very proud of the teams progress,” said Dorsay.
The senior boys made it to the provincials two years ago.