For the first time since 1985, a Mission senior girls volleyball team is heading to the provincials.
The Mission Secondary Roadrunners continued an excellent season by finishing fifth overall at the Fraser Valley championships, which finished on Nov. 17.
The strong showing qualified the Roadrunners for the AAAA volleyball provincials, which run from Dec. 1 to 3 in North Vancouver.
Mission kicked off the tournament with a 3-0 win against Heritage Woods, but then lost the eventual champion Earl Marriott in their second game.
They bounced back with wins over Walnut Grove (3-0), Fraser Heights (3-0) and Riverside (3-1) to earn the fifth-place finish.
Mission’s Kristen McBride was also selected as a tournament first team all-star for her stellar play during the event.
The Roadrunners join seven other Fraser Valley teams at the provincials.
Mission finished in first place in the Fraser Valley’s Tier 1 Girls east division, with a perfect record of six wins and zero losses.
Earlier this year, the team won the Cascades Cup tournament at UFV, and also placed ninth at the 30-team Camosun Chargers tournament in Victoria.