High School volleyball teams from throughout the Kootenays got a taste of competitive action at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday at Castlegar Selkirk College Gymnasium.
Of course players got a late start to the season due to the B.C. Teachers Federation strike/lockout that allowed school to start Monday (September 22).
The result for Kootenay Volleyball Classic was some teams were still not ready for the season to commence and canceled out at the last minute.
For the five remaining in the tournament, the host Mount Sentinel Wildcats came out the winner in the five team tournament.
"It was a very good test for us," said coach Joe Moreira.
"Both Mount Baker (Cranbrook) and Selkirk (Kimberley) are competitive teams that we had to be at our best to compete with."
The Cats edged Mount Baker for the overall title with Aberdeen Hall of Kelowna finishing third. Selkirk was fourth followed by L.V. Rogers Bombers in fifth.
Moreira said Mount Sentinel defeated Selkirk in close matches both Friday and Saturday — Saturday 25-20, 18-25 and 16-14.
Against Cranbrook, the Cats won we won Friday 2-0, but lost Saturday 20-25, 17-25, 8-15.
The result leaves the Cats second overall in the BC High School A Girl's Volleyball rankings behind Kelowna's Immaculata.
The Cats are in Kelowna at the University of BC/Okanagan tournament.