By Bob Carter
The Dover Bay Dolphins have been facing tight matches all fall. Coach Josie Webb thinks it may well continue into the postseason.
“All of our games won or lost this season have been extremely close,” said Webb, whose team is ranked third in AAA behind new No. 1 Mount Boucherie and second-ranked Kelowna. “This year there are a number of teams that can win on any given day.”
The Dolphins placed second at the Camosun Tournament and won the B flight at the UBC invitational. They didn’t place high at the MEI tournament but “played well,” Webb said.
Skilled Grade 11 setter Nathan Ziemanski directs the offense for Dover Bay, which Webb says, has “two talented power hitters” in Quinn Mirau and Jeff Webb.
Webb, the coach’s son, has committed to play at Vancouver Island University.
The Dolphins will play in a 12-team tournament this weekend at Oak Bay that includes AAA’s No. 7-8-9 squads — Walnut Grove, Earl Marriott and Oak Bay.
Then they’ll have a three-week break before the Island championships Nov. 20-21 at Oak Bay, which means plenty of practice time. “During our practices we’ll be working on passing and different attacks,” Josie Webb said.
Dover Bay has already played Oak Bay three times, with at least a couple more meetings possible before the Big Kahuna BC Championships in December in Langley.
The Dolphins lost a close three-setter to Oak Bay in the Camosun finals after defeating the Barbers in round-robin play. They also beat Oak Bay in UBC’s B flight finals.
“The Island championship could very possibly be both of our teams in a very tight match,” Webb said. “Should be exciting.”