There were times this season when the Langley Fundamental Titans barely had enough bodies to play, thanks to injuries and illness.
But the team battled through the adversity and it paid off with a 3-0 victory over the Langley Christian Lightning in the junior girls Langley district championship game on Nov. 8 at the Langley Events Centre.
“The girls have been a dedicated group,” said coach Sherry Heppell.
“And even though injuries and illness have plagued them throughout, they have continued to work hard despite the difficulties.
“We have a group of great, dedicated girls. “The girls played with heart and determination.”
In the district final, the Titans won the first two sets by identical 25-21 scores. They won the third set 25-15.
The final was a match-up of the top two teams from the regular season and No. 1 Langley Fundamental beat Brookswood in one semifinal, while the second-seed Lightning dispatched Walnut Grove in the other.
“We have really come a long way from the start of the season,” Heppell said, adding that winning districts was definitely on the team’s list of goals.
She said it was a total team effort which helped them get past the Lightning.
We had some great servers, our passing was solid, and our tall girls did a great job at the net to keep the other team at bay,” Heppell said.
“Langley Christian is a good team, and they are great competitors, and we always know it will be a good match whenever we are up against them.
In the third place game, Walnut Grove defeated Brookswood.
The top three teams from Langley advance to the Fraser Valley championships, at D.W. Poppy from Nov. 15 to 17.