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Lightning finish fourth

Langley Christian Lightning’s Esther Moerman (#13) comes up with the block against Campbell River Christian’s Mikayla Martens at the B.C. Single A senior girls volleyball championships. - Andrew Leong Black Press
Langley Christian Lightning’s Esther Moerman (#13) comes up with the block against Campbell River Christian’s Mikayla Martens at the B.C. Single A senior girls volleyball championships.
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They achieved their season’s objectives, but were sad to have just missed out on the podium.

Those are the feelings of the Langley Christian Lightning senior girls volleyball team.

Back-to-back losses to close the season resulted in the Lightning placing fourth at the Single A provincial championships, which were hosted by Duncan Christian School from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30.

The Lightning lost 3-0 (25-17,25-16,25-21) to the Immaculata Mustangs in the semifinals and then 2-1 (19-25,25-21,15-5) to Cedars Christian in the bronze medal match to place fourth at the 16-team event.

“Our goals at the start of the season were to win the Fraser Valley championships and to place top five in the province,” said coach Mary Joan Visscher.

Langley Christian did win the Valley banner.

Overall at provincials, the team went 4-3  with two of the losses coming at the hands of Cedars Christian.

“For them to get top four, the players are sad, but they know they fought as hard as they could,” Visscher said.

“It was a successful season for them, especially considering they had two new coaches,” she added.

The Lightning’s Sarah Kunst was a first team all-star while Marieke De Vynacka (second team) and Gabriella Schnitzer (honourable mention) were also recognized for their outstanding tournaments.

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