By Karla Kelly
FOR THE DIGBY COURIER
© Lynette Wagner photo
The SMBA Lady Stingrays claimed the bronze medal at the Division 4 provincial volleyball championships in Sherbrooke on Dec. 6- 7.
St. Mary’s Bay Academy senior girls’ volleyball team captured the provincial bronze medal at the Division 4 championships in Sherbrooke on Saturday.
The Stingrays, already regional champions, defeated the host St. Mary’s Education Centre Academy in three sets, 25-19, 29-25, and 15-11in the bronze medal match earning the school’s first medal in their four years competing at the provincial level.
SMBA, which was seeded second in its pool, won its first match against third-seeded École Beau-Port, in two sets, 25-18 and 26-24 on Friday afternoon.
But SMBA fell later in the afternoon to Canso Seahawks, 19-25, 26-24 and 14-16.
École academy de Pomquet defeated the Lady Stingrays 25-17 and 25-15 on Saturday morning, and were then defeated followed by the eventual provincial champions Ecole NDA of Cheticamp 25-13 and 25-15 in the semifinals.
Team captain Micaella Sabine said the team had two goals heading into the provincial weekend.
“Our first goal was to play as hard as we could and to place higher than fourth like we did last year,” she said.
Coming away with a bronze medal was no small feat Team manager Lynette Wagne
“We accomplished both of these goals and I am especially proud of the team for being able to keep a positive attitude and graciously accept the wins as well as the losses.”
Sabine said the Lady Stingrays were a young team at the beginning of the season but matured as a competitive volleyball team.
“I think I speak for the team when I say we had a very memorial volleyball season.”
Team manager Lynette Wagner said the Stingrays were the only Western region team at provincials and said the girls represented their school and region well.
“Volleyball teams from Northumberland and Highlands are very competitive,” said Wagner. “I am proud of how well the team played against silver medalists Pomquet and provincial champions NDA. Coming away with a bronze medal was no small feat.”