Sun Devils volleyball tops in province

South Delta Secondary's senior girls volleyball team eked out a nail-biter against the Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Kodiaks on Saturday (Dec. 2) to win the provincial championship final at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam.

The Sun Devils won the first two sets 25-22, 25-22, before dropping the next two 24-26, 16-25, after star player Nicole McNamara suffered an ankle injury in the fourth set. But she returned at the end of that set, and  the team pulled together for a 15-12 victory.

"The first two games we were really in control," said head coach Dan Burgess. "Even though they finished close I don't think the girls were ever really worried. But in the third game things got a little interesting because the crowd became a factor. They really got into it.

"I wouldn't say we lost the third game. I'd say Heritage Woods began to play better."

Nicole McNamara and her twin sister Megan are the reigning national age-group beach champions and Burgess said they're hoping to take their volleyball career to an Olympic level.

Burgess also pointed to the strength of center and team captain Emma Robinson for their success.

"Both of the McNamara twins are incredibly talented but the nice thing about Emma is she's able to set those plays up every single time."

Robinson is graduating this year and will play for Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. That team won the Canadian collegiate championships last year.

Burgess also said Emma Glennon, the team's Libero, had an outstanding tournament, and credited assistant coach, Sandra Nash, for her great work.

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