By Josh Martin, Sports Editor
Last weekend was a busy one for the Douglas College Royals volleyball teams, as they both participated in the PacWest Provincial tournament in Cranbrook. The Royals men’s team—who hold the Provincial Championship title from last year’s playoffs—took on the Capilano Blues in the semifinals last Friday night. The Royals started off strong taking the first set 25–23 to only be answered by the Blues in the second set 27–25. They went on to dominate in the third set 25–17, lose in the fourth set 26–28 and ultimately lost in the fifth set 16–14. The Royals lost in the Bronze medal match on Saturday against the Camosun Chargers 3–2. As for the Blues, they went on to the Gold medal game and defeated the VIU Mariners with ease, 3–2.
The women’s volleyball team, ranked sixth overall in the standings, faced off against the third-seeded CBC Bearcats last Thursday night. The Royals lost 3–0 (25–23, 27–25, 25–18), ending their season and playoff hopes. The CBC Bearcats went onto face the UFV Cascades in the finals and lost 3–0.
The Douglas College badminton team cleaned up two weeks ago in the Badminton Provincial championships, having a dominating presence in the tournament and winning three gold championships of the five events. RuiLin Huang of the Royals took home a gold in the women’s singles, Charmagne Yeung and Amy Leung finished with Gold in the women’s doubles, Nathan Choi and Luo Wei won the gold in men’s doubles.
The Royals will be travelling to Barrie, Ontario, to take part in the CCAA National Championships this weekend.
The men and women’s basketball teams are in Provincial action this Thursday at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. The fourth-seeded men’s team will face the fifth-seeded Capilano Blues at 3 p.m. and the third-seeded women’s team will play against the sixth-seeded Camosun Chargers at 6 p.m.