The Mount Sentinel Wildcats concluded the BC High School A Girl's Volleyball Championships at Selkirk College in Castlegar on a winning note to finish seventh overall in the 16-team field.
The Wildcats outlasted Duncan Christian 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 11-15) in the best-of-three match to capture the match Saturday afternoon in Castlegar.
Earlier in the day, Mount Sentinel lost 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 15-9) to Kelowna Christian, a team the Cats defeated during the round robin draw.
“Seventh sometimes is great, but our performance was very inconsistent,” said Mount Sentinel coach Joe Moreira, who once again dodged rumours of retirement.
“For example on Thursday, I thought our performance mirrored our preparation — play your role, trust your teammates, compete to score points.
“We repeated the same performance on Friday in the quarterfinal against White Rock Christian,” Moreira added. “The loss was disappointing but the effort and energy we displayed was not.”
“Saturday was not the finish I had hoped for. In the match against Kelowna Christian we played to avoid losing and of course we lost. In the 7/8th match although we won it was not an inspiring win; we limped to the finish line.”
Immaculata of Kelowna defeated Richmond Christian in four games to repeat as provincial champions Saturday evening.
Immaculata won the best-of-five final by scores of 25-17, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23.
“It’s the second straight title with a few seconds and third in the last five years for (Immaculata),” Moreira explained.
“They have had a great run.”
“Immaculata has a very special player (MOP – Natalie Livingston),” he added.
“In athletic terms she really has the total package; great personal skills and a huge capacity to bring out the best I her teammates.”
White Rock Christian Academy defeated Credo Christian of Langley 22-25, 25-19, 11-15 to capture the bronze medal.
Mount Sentinel has won the provincial title four times in school history — the last time in 2007 when the school boasted both the provincial volleyball and basketball titles.
The last time Mount Sentinel hosted the tournament was in 2012 when the Wildcats edged out White Rock Christian for the bronze medal.
The Wildcats finished third last season in Kelowna — the school's tenth bronze medal.
As for those retirement rumours, Moreira, who has been at the helm of the varsity girl’s volleyball team at Mount Sentinel for decades, said he likes his job so why would he want to leave.
“I keep on being retired, yet I have no plans to retire,” he said.
“I love what I do at Mt Sentinel, including teaching and coaching. My plans currently include going to school on Monday and caring on and returning next season.”
Kootenay Champ Fernie Falcons placed sixth overall.
See full results at Mount Sentinel School website.