Kelowna's Jenna Ratzlaff joined forces with Alyssa Wolf of Burnaby to win the B.C. amateur beach volleyball title.

Kelowna’s Ratzlaff wins B.C. beach gold

Kelowna Christian product Jenna Ratzlaff teams up with Alyssa Wolf to capture provincial volleyball title

  • Aug. 25, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Injury and loss of a partner almost deprived Kelowna’s Jenna Ratzlaff of a chance to compete in Volleyball B.C.’s Amateur Beach Championships, but determination and a volleyball network of friends proved golden.

Less than a week before provincials, Ratzlaff’s partner advised that she could not compete.  Jenna put the word out to her volleyball friends that she was looking for a partner and quickly found out that Alyssa Wolf, who lives in Burnaby was also looking for a partner.  Wolf has played for VIU for the past three years and will be playing this fall at TRU.

To complicate matters further, while training in Kelowna, Ratzlaff injured her right tricep which interfered with her strong serving and hitting abilities. Even though she was in pain, Ratzlaff decided to go ahead with provincials.  Ratzlaff and Wolf met on Friday in White Rock and practiced for an hour together in preparation for the tournament the next day.

Ratzlaff and Wolf were ranked third among 20 teams heading into the tournament at Kits Beach. Ratzlaff and Wolf easily placed first in their pool by winning their games 25-10, 25-10 and 25-13.

In the quarter finals, Ratzlaff and Wolf won 21-14 and 21-8 against Chong/Ramloese-Svendson, in large part to Ratzlaff’s digs and well placed hits, and Wolf’s serving.

The semi-finals saw Ratzlaff and Wolf come out strong against No. 1 ranked Weir/Ferre, winning 21-7 and 21-14.  This game saw Ratzlaff power through her injury and both players served and hit strongly for a big upset.

In the final, Ratzlaff and Wolf won 21-10 in the first set against Vancouver team Chen/Jaraczewski.

In the second set, Chen and Jaraczewski played stronger pulling out great digs and placing their kills well. At 19-15, Ratzlaff had a big one-hand dig tight at the net after a tip from Chen. Wolf got a perfect set allowing Ratzlaff to execute a powerful kill in the back corner. The final point saw Ratzlaff with another perfectly placed kill to win 21-15 for the gold medal.

Other Kelowna athletes competing were Lindsay Smart and her partner Tanya Neuffer who placed seventh in Tier 1 and  Erin Konrad and Sara Wallis who placed third in Tier 2.

 

Just Posted

Kelowna, Lake Country boarders hit B.C. Games podium

At the Kamloops BC Games, Big White boarders Central Okanagan boarders win medals

Gold for Apex Freestyle Club skier at B.C. Games

Kelowna’s Jordan MacDonald wins gold in Kamloops at the B.C. Winter Games

Feature Friday: Life in the sex trade

A view into the life from one Kelowna prostitute and the issues it can cause for women

Future Olympians sought in Kelowna

RBC Training Ground event evaluates 100 young local athletes

Victory lap to honour Serwa

Big White Ski Resort did a victory lap to honour the skier who won gold in the Olympics

What’s happening

Check out what is happening this weekend in the Okanagan-Shuswap.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Rockets fend off pesky T-birds

Kelowna and Seattle go back and forth in an entertaining WHL affair

Canucks fold 5-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

Daniel Sedin had two points as Canucks fall to the Golden Knights Friday night

That’s a wrap: B.C. Games results after Day 1

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 is in the lead for medals Friday at the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games

Familiar faces head up library board

The executive of the Okanagan Regional Library board remains the same

Sticking the landing at the B.C. Games

Gymnasts talk competition, B.C. Winter Games, and teamwork in Kamloops

Therapy dogs make appearance at B.C. Games

The St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog program launches a pilot project at the 2018 Kamloops B.C. Winter Games

$153M in federal cash to fund child care, education training in B.C.

Bilateral agreement will create 1,370 new infant and toddler spaces

Most Read