The Whistler Powder women’s volleyball team succeeded in making Tier 1 of the B.C. Volleyball Association’s March Madness Tournament in Burnaby this past weekend, a first for the team.
“We’ve played well in pool play in the past, but always end up in the Tier 2 consolation bracket,” said Carlee Howell. “Finally, this time our hard work and talent on the court paid off.”
Stacked against the top women’s teams in the province in the playoffs, Powder faced Gun Show in their first round. They split the first two games, but Powder lost in the tiebreaker and went on to place fifth overall in the tournament.
The team will be training with coach Lloyd Adams for the next couple of weeks before heading to the provincials on March 29.
Team Whistler off to a flying start
Team Whistler, a local group of road and trail riders, entered its first competition this past Sunday in the first race of the Team Escape Velocity Spring Series at Langley.
It was a wild weekend, with stops in the Novice and A-group races due to crashes in other groups.
“It was simply too dangerous for us to keep the other races going with ambulances and riders down on the course,” said organizers. “We are sorry that the A and novice riders didn’t get to finish, but it was the right call to make in order to prevent further chaos.”
In the C category, Team Whistler’s Jen Tabbernor placed third in the group.
In the B category, Tony Routley was sixth and Jody Edgar 10 th .
In his first road race, Todd Allison managed to miss the crashes and was getting ready to finish his first race in the C category when the left side of the Peloton went down in front of him. About 15 riders went down, but Alison made it to the finish.
In the B group, Team Whistler’s Mike Boehm went down in the final sprint but was uninjured.
Whistler’s Will Routley, racing for Team Symmetrics, tangled with other riders in the A group, and was also forced to withdraw from the race when his fork was damaged in the crash.
There’s no explanation for all the crashes, with dry conditions on the course. Early season over-excitement on the part of the riders, combined with rusty skills, are the likely suspects.
The next two races in the Spring Series are this weekend, March 8-9.