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Cats rally back at High School Volleyball Championships

By The Nelson Daily Sports

After a slow start the Mount Sentinel Wildcats finally has something to cheer about.

The Cats rallied for a three-set victory over Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Wednesday at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships at UBC/O gymnasium in Kelowna.

Mount Sentinel dropped the opening game 17-25 before winning two straight 25-23 in a thriller and 15-10 in the deciding contest.

The win, following a pair of losses earlier in the day against Prince Charles of Creston and Highland of Comox, puts the Cats in third spot in Pool C play.

Mount Sentinel, seeded 12th entering the 16-team tournament, meets Sahali of Kamloops today in the first round of the playoffs.

The first day of the championships is similar to the way the season has gone for Glen Campbell’s squad as the team got better with age.

“We have improved tremendously from the beginning of the season with only three Grade 12 players on the 11-man roster,” the head coach of Mount Sentinel said prior to the provincial tournament. “We are feeling optimistic in terms of our chances and really hope to gain some valuable experience to help with the development of this young team.”

The optimistic Cats rallied from a 1-0 deficit against the Island School in the opening game Wednesday to even the match with a 25-20 win. But Highland outlasted Sentinel 15-11 in the final game to claim the match.

Mount Sentinel then lost 2-0 to Prince Charles. The scores in the match were 25-17, 25-19.

Teams begin play Thursday in the playoff round. The tournament final is set for Saturday at the UBC/O gymnasium.

SIDE OUT: Prince Charles, the other Kootenay school entered plays D.P. Todd of Prince George in playoff action. . . .Mount Sentinel’s match starts at 10:45 a.m. at UBC/O. A victory advances the Cats to meet the winner of the Prince Rupert/Winfield match. . . . The Triple-A boy’s tournament is also being played at the same time at UBC/O. Kootenay rep Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook plays Pen-Hi Lakers of Penticton in playoff action this morning.

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