There aren't too many sandy beaches in Maple Ridge, but that hasn't stopped Bailey Soolsma from making waves in beach volleyball.
The 17-year-old will soon return to Maple Ridge Secondary to begin her graduation year and play on the senior girls volleyball team.
Going back to school with her will be the knowledge that Soolsma placed well in the Beach Volleyball Nationals held at Spanish Banks Aug. 23 to 25.
Soolsma and her third volleyball partner of the summer, Lauren Moretto of Surrey, took fifth in the U18 category of the championships.
"It's a big deal," said Soolsma's mom, Sue Soolsma. "They did quite well. Lauren and Bailey have been training [on the beach together] since May, some of the kids train and play [in beach volleyball] together all year long. We're trying to bring beach [volleyball] to Maple Ridge."
Although the younger Soolsma plays volleyball all year, the transition to beach volleyball requires different training and skills.
Mother and daughter held a beach volleyball camp at a local equestrian centre in the summer.
"We got a lot of kids interested in it," the elder Soolsma noted.
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