Sun Devils crowned South Fraser junior champs

South Delta captures inaugural zone tournament with provincials next

A heck of a fall season in athletics continues for South Delta Secondary and this time on the volleyball court.

The Sun Devils junior girls team is champions of the inaugural South Fraser Championships — capping an impressive unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory over Pacific Academy on Thursday night at Southridge School in South Surrey.

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South Delta entered the 16-team tournament as district champions after a hard-fought victory over Seaquam. 

The two rivals would, ironically meet again in the semi-finals and this time the Sun Devils rolled to a straight set victory — setting the stage for the championship match against a talented Breakers team that was considered the pre-tournament favourite.

South Delta dropped the first set 25-15 that was actually closer than the score would indicate.

Head coach Taka Katsube then made a defensive adjustment — matching up Jane McDonald against the Breakers’ top hitter. The move helped swing the momentum for good as the Devils would win the next three sets including a 25-11 score in the clinching set.

McDonald was named the tournament MVP while her twin sister Kate and teammate Taylor Katsube were all-star selections.

The result will mean a favourable seed for the upcoming B.C. Junior Girls Championships. 

The roster also features: Olivia Barber, Teagan Gretsinger, Brianna Jassmann, Tyler Lenton, Sydney Neufeld, Bryn Porteous, Rebecca Quakenbush, Tia Rainbow Amy Smith and Lauren Wright.

Rounding out the coaching staff are assistants Richard Hortness and Hannah Bakken.

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