Vanier Vipers capture first-ever girls volleyball bronze

The Georges P. Vanier Vipers girls volleyball team pose with their bronze medal after defeating Sir Robert Borden in three sets, with the final set being 25-22 after starting out with a 6-0 lead. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: It may not have been the colour the team was looking for as the season went on, but for coach Jennifer Weatherhead and her Georges P. Vanier Vipers girls basketball team a bronze medal is as good as gold.

The Vipers earned the thrid place finish in Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) junior high regionals with a 3-0 seat win over Sir Robert Borden before a hometown crowd at the Fall River school on Dec. 5.

VIDEO: The winning shot

The Vipers celebrate seconds after the winning shot went down and sent them to the bronze medal victory over Sir Robert Borden. (Healey photo)

It was a bit nerve-wrecking for parents—and fans—alike in the third set as GPV got out to a comfortable 6-0 lead, before Sir Robert Borden went on a 13-10 run closing the score to 16-13 for the Vipers.

It was 22-16 GPV when Sir Robert Borden would once again strike, making it 22-20 before the Vipers took a breather and rallied to the 25-22 victory.

As the final point was scored, with a shot that Sir Robert Borden tried to volley across the net but it hit the net scoring the winning point for Vanier, the Viper players on the sidelines rushed those on the court in celebration of the bronze medal win.