By Bruce Fuhr,
The Nelson Daily Sports
It was a downer weekend for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats on the High School Girl’s Volleyball circuit.
Playing many of the top teams in the province, the Wildcats finished well down the standings at the Immaculata High School Girl’s Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the Central Okanagan, finishing the two-day affair with a 1-8 record.
“This was one of those weekends where we can play really well and come home 0-6,” said head coach Joe Moreira.
The Wildcats ran into a buzz saw in the form of top-ranked Kelowna Christian, number two Immaculata and fourth-ranked White Rock Christian, dropping all the matches to finish fifth in the five-team tournament.
“Unlike the previous weekend where we played well, regardless of who we were playing, this time we were very inconsistent and we did a horrible job of taking are of the ball when it was on our side of the net,” Moreira explained. “Although I should have been totally surprised — we are a young team — it was a disappointing outing after a very encouraging start (the previous weekend) in Trail.”
The Cats have little time to lick their wounds as the team plays host to the annual Kootenay Volleyball Classic beginning Friday at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.
Seven teams from the Okanagan and East Kootenay join host Wildcats for the two-day event.
The tournament begins at 2 p.m. with Mount Sentinel meeting Osoyoos Rattlers and Selkirk Storm of Kimberley up against A.L. Fortune of Enderby. At 3 p.m. Fernie Falcons the J.L. Crowe Hawks from Trail and Immaculata battles David Thompson Lakers of Invermere.
The teams roll into a power pool to determine seeding for the playoff round.
The final is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.