Stingers season starts

Stelly’s squad hosts teams Tuesday to open league play

Stelly's Stingers coach Scott Freeburn gives his team high-fives after posting a win Tuesday night.

Stelly's Stingers coach Scott Freeburn gives his team high-fives after posting a win Tuesday night.

Senior girls high school volleyball hit the courts Tuesday night at Stelly’s Secondary School, as the Stingers hosted Spectrum, Pacific Christian School and Esquimalt.

Stelly’s opened their regular season play with a split against Spectrum, and again split a pair of spirited matches with PCS, before beating Esquimalt.

Coach Scott Freeburn says for their first game of the season, it was pretty good.

“I’m excited about this season. We do have a pretty strong team, with a  lot of Grade 11 players this year.”

It’s a young squad, and Freeburn said his players are working well with the seasoned Grade 12s. The coach added he has been working with the girls since they started playing in Grade 8 at Bayside Middle School in Central Saanich.

“We are getting a lot of experience early on,” Freeburn added.

This year, the Stelly’s senior girls are playing in the AAAA division for the first time. The school has 256 girls in Grades 11 and 12, putting them into the higher tier.

“It’s definitely a move up for us this year, especially when it comes to the playoffs and Islands.”

The biggest competition, Freeburn said, will come from Nanaimo District Secondary School up-Island. Stelly’s is off to a tournament in Nanaimo this weekend, followed by a trip to the Okanagan in two weeks.