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Wildcats beat up on Kootenay opposition en route to Classic crown

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
October 2nd, 2012

The Mount Sentinel Wildcat got some bad news Friday when Immaculata of Kelowna called to say their bus broke down and would not be able to attend the Kootenay Volleyball Classic.

The Cats were coming off a three-match loss to the second-ranked B.C. High School A Girl’s team and were looking for some payback on home court.

Instead, Mount Sentinel took out their aggression on the rest of the teams at the Classic, going through undefeated en route to capturing the Kootenay High School Girl’s Volleyball tournament Saturday at the South Slocan-based gymnasium.

“For the most part our team play continues to get better, yet we still need to improve in an number of offensive areas,” said Moreira after the Cats defeated Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 2-0 (25-14, 25-16) in the tourney final.

The loss of Immaculata had Moreira scrambling to reschedule the tournament, going with a seven-team round-robin draw.

In the playoff round Mount Sentinel defeated Prince Charles of Creston while the Storm got past Fernie Falcons.

“We are very strong serving team,” Moreira explained.

“When we are serving tough we are hard to beat. Our serving this weekend was a somewhat inconsistent, although for the most part we were long which can be attributed to having limited room beyond the end lines.”

Elkford, L.V. Rogers of Nelson and J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail rounded out the tourney standings.

Mount Sentinel steps up the competitve level the next two weekends as the third-ranked single-A squad faces stiff challenge first at the UBC-O, 48 team event beginning Friday in Kelowna.

The following weekend the Cats travel back to the Okanagan to play in the 52-team Best of the West tournament in Kelowna.

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