Rams in hunt for provincial berth

The Mount Douglas Rams senior girls eye top spot at this weekend’s AAAA Island volleyball championships

Mount Douglas Rams Renata Baldwin

The Mount Douglas Rams senior girls team is going a specific route, the championship route.

The Rams are a core of Grade 11s (no Grade 12s on the team) who’ve played together for years as the junior team and in club play as the Victoria Titans.

Last year, as a group of Grade 10s, they elected to remain in junior with hopes of a top four finish at provincials.

That didn’t happen, but the club is undeterred, and is eyeing the top spot at this weekend’s AAAA Island championships at Belmont secondary. A second-place finish this weekend could also yield a berth at the AAAA provincials, as long as provincial hosts Dover Bay are first, as they have an automatic berth.

After dropping their first two meetings with Oak Bay this year, the Rams beat their rivals in the final of the Vic Lindal Cup and then swept Oak Bay in two sets to win last week’s Lower Island AAAA title.

“Oak Bay is a good team with the best player in the province (former Lambrick Park Lion Thana Fayad),” said Rams coach Derek Horton. “It showed how we have developed over the season, yet we still have room to improve. Our goal is to get better each week.”