The Senior Girls Volleyball team have their eyes set on bringing home the banner at the Fraser Valley Championship November 17-20 and Provincial Championship on December 3-5. This year the team is entering the season sitting fifth ranked in the AAA Senior Girls North Zone. The road ahead isn’t going be a smooth ride for the team with a recent loss to Earl Marriott Secondary, the second ranked team in the final game at the Douglas College tournament. The team is continuing their early season with disciplined practices three times a week. “The team is working to improve each time they hit the floor,” said head coach Mr.Bryan Gee. The Leadership roles on the floor are divided between all the senior players, but senior Amanda Matsui, outside hitter and Shannon Mason, middle blocker, are both coming into the season having strong past club experiences. The girls are looking forward to hosting The Red Surge Tournament here at Riverside featuring the top ten teams in the province, taking place on the first week of November.
The Senior Boys Volleyball team has high hopes to qualify for 2016 provincials.”The team has only qualified three times in the past twenty years,” said head coach, Mr. Carlo Muro. Being placed in the AAA Senior Boys North Zone isn’t the most competitive Zone, but the team will be taking part in four high power tournaments (Douglas College, UBC, Walnut Grove, and Victoria), in order to prepare for play downs later on in their season. The squad is comprised of mostly senior players with the return of Jonathan Ho, a hitter, Riley Lowe, a setter, Adam Capek, a power, Tora Buzzard and Zarley Zalusky. Zalusky is having to take two weeks off due to a lower back injury. The lose of the 6’4 middle is a major upset for the team as he is a key player to their system, but coach Muro said that he believes in the seniors to lead the team. The team is also looking forward to playing their rival team Centennial later in the month, a team the Riverside squad hasn’t meet in two years.