A frustrating near-miss for the D.W. Poppy senior girls volleyball team

Redhawks battled hard, but couldn’t place at provincial wildcard tournament

A few points made all the difference for a disappointed D.W. Poppy Redhawks senior girls volleyball team at the AAA Girls provincial wildcard challenge in Langley on Saturday, Nov. 24.

“We played well, but we didn’t place,” said head coach Gary Tener.

Hosted by D.W. Poppy, the event was a competition among seven B.C. teams for the two wildcard spots at the upcoming AAA girls volleyball provincial championships, scheduled to get underway Thursday, Nov. 29 in Powell River.

None of the games were blow outs, with only a few points separating victory from defeat, Tener said.

A crucial best-of-three game against eventual second-place finisher Powell River saw the Langley players edged 19-25 and 23-25.

It was enough for a bronze, but not enough to take either of the two available berths.

An online post by principal George Kozlovic said the school was “super proud” of the team “who battled hard and played awesome but fell just a little short.”

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