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NPSS senior boys and girls volleyball squads advance to Provincials

Grizzlies Volleyball played their final weekend of tournaments.

The Junior Boys team played in a local tournament hosted by Bert Bowes. Looking for some redemption, NPSS was looking forward to playing Bert Bowes again as they have not been able to beat the team during the season. The Grizzlies have developed a lot this year and they solidified a tournament win. Dyson Felix and Isaiah Beukert both won players of the game. Isaiah improved more than anybody on the weekend and was dialed in the entire time.

“It is exciting to see the interest in Boys Volleyball and it was also reassuring to know that North Peace will be getting strong volleyball players through the pipeline as early as next year,” said head coach Scott Hyde.

The Senior teams travelled to Prince George to compete for their spot at BC School Sports provincials Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The girls side had to compete in one best-of-5 match against Lake City. It was a solid weekend for the Senior Girls as they maintained control over the entire game, playing with confidence and collectively gave a team effort. Player of the weekend goes to Paige Brown who demonstrated perseverance and grit this past weekend. 

The Grizzlies Boys Volleyball team had to compete in a round robin tournament on Friday and best-of-5 matches on Saturday. The boys started off Zones with back-to-back games against Williams Lake and PGSS. The boys started off slowly against Williams Lake after a long bus ride down to Prince George. We were able to get everyone in to play in this game and took the game handily in two sets.

The game against PGSS was a different story. The strong PGSS team came out excited and swinging hard. Our boys worked hard, but a couple of serving streaks by PGSS were the difference makers.

After the round robin games, the rankings came out to be PGSS, NPSS and then Williams Lake.

Next the Grizzlies played against Williams Lake Saturday morning to decide who would play against PGSS in the Zones finals. The Grizzlies took the game in three-straight sets, earning the opportunity to play PGSS for a trip to provincials.

Heading into finals, we had a game plan to shut down a few key players on the PGSS team and the boys were able to execute. After dropping the first set, we took the next three sets to earn our first provincials berth since 2015. The team’s success was thanks to the whole team keeping their energy up, battling for every point and following our season’s theme of “Recognize, Accept, & Refocus.”

Our All Star for Zones went to Kaleb Bergen. He made critical plays at the net with momentum shifting blocks, huge defensive plays in the back row, and kept up the intensity with every play. The MVP for the weekend went to Bryce Telford. He was able to switch positions mid rally to ensure our game plan came to fruition, was a major part of our offensive system, and encouraged everyone on the court and bench to keep their energy up.

Next up: The Senior Volleyball teams are hosting a Volleyball Showcase as a Fundraiser for their travel to Provincials on Nov. 24. Doors open at 5 p.m. The first game is at 6 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.

The Grizzlies will be playing elite Alumni players and there will be a silent auction with support from local businesses. Look forward to seeing you there! 

The Boys soccer team is travelling to provincials this week to compete in Burnaby. Good luck Grizzlies!

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