Chargers utilize their character

Coach Mary Joan Visscher with the DCS girls
Coach Mary Joan Visscher with the DCS girls' squad that tied last year's seventh-place standing in the provincial A volleyball championships, the best in school history.
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It took character to get there and character to finish seventh in the provincial A girls’ volleyball championships for the Duncan Christian School Chargers.

That’s the same placing as last year in the 16-team event and matched the best performance ever by DCS at the provincials.

“That’s pretty impressive, considering we lost two big guns and we won islands without them,’’ said DCS coach Mary Joan Visscher.

DCS claimed second in pool play at Castlegar after coming from behind to defeat Ebenezer Canadian Reformed School 24-26, 25-19, 15-4 with a stronger performance as the match went on, a 25-17, 28-30, 15-8 three-setter over Fernie and a 14-25, 21-25 loss to Immaculata.

DCS started Friday with a wild five-set 27-29, 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 15-12 victory over Credo.

“It took us two hours to the second to play,’’ said Visscher.

DCS fought hard in its quarterfinal match against Kelowna Christian, the No. 1 ranked team, in an 11-25, 13-25, 18-25 loss.

In the eventual match for seventh place, DCS split the first two sets with Chetwynd Secondary 18-25, 26-24 and then claimed a convincing 15-5 victory in the deciding set. That’s where the team’s character really became apparent.

Chantal Bouchard was injured in the second game and couldn’t continue. “I had to sit her out and readjusted my entire lineup,’’ said Visscher.

The girls won it for Bouchard. “It was the defining moment for our team,’’ said Visscher.

“I was really proud of my team to do this as well,’’ she added. “For them to adjust and switch positions, it was amazing.

“The girls pulled through. They had endurance, they had to dig deep because they were tired.’’

Rachael Bakker was an honourable mention for an all-star selection.

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