Fernie Secondary School (FSS) senior girls volleyball saw huge success during the ‘A’ British Columbia high school provincials. The event was held in Castlegar and saw 16 teams from across the province compete. FSS came into the tournament after placing second in the Kootenay Zone Finals, losing to provincial hosts Mt. Sentinel in a close four set battle. The Fernie Academy (TFA) placed third and also advanced to the provincial event.
FSS was ranked fourth going into provincials which placed them in the top power pool. The power pool also included Kelowna Christian (1), Mt Sentinel (2), and Unity Christian (3). After day one, FSS had moved up to second place rank going into playoffs. TFA was ranked thirteenth going in and after day one they were entering playoffs in fourteenth.
FSS saw Ecole des Pionniers in their first match. FSS came out on top in three set match sweep to secure a top eight placement. They would next meet Credo Christian in the quarter finals. It was a tough battle, but FSS secured top four and were off to semis after day two. TFA saw Mt Sentinel in their first match and then Vancouver Christian, they would lose both matches in day two.
Last day of the provincial event had TFA defeating Ecole des Pionniers and then playing Ebenezer Canadian for the thirteenth and fourteenth. TFA had a successful last day and finished in thirteenth spot. FSS faced hosts Mt Sentinel in the semi finals and FSS took the first three sets and the match, playing their best volleyball of the season. They were off to the finals, which would pit them against the first ranked team, Kelowna Christian.
FSS played a great match against Kelowna Christian, losing in three sets. FSS brought home a silver medal, something the school hasn’t seen in 30 years. Morgan Trand was named to the second All Star team. Alisia Dvorak and Jane Beswick were named to the first All Star team.
This was the most successful season that coach Andrea Reed has seen. “I wish all the best to Taylor Reed and Jane Beswick in their futures endeavours and I look forward to the 2020 season with all the returning athletes,” she said.