It took all of 24 hours for the Heritage Woods Kodiaks to find their mojo.
The AAAA senior girls volleyball team rebounded from a tournament-opening loss to South Delta on Friday before beating the same team one night later to claim the Mizuno UBC Invitational High School Tournament.
"We were very evenly matched teams and these were close games," said Kodiaks coach Alex Seres.
"They had very good ball control and it was just a case of the ball bouncing our way. It wasn't easy."
In round robin play, the Kodiaks downed both Handsworth and Cedar Secondary before dusting off Riverside in the Round of 16. From there, the Kodiaks took care of Earl Marriott in quarterfinal play and McMath in the semis, setting up the Saturday night rematch with the fifth-ranked South Delta side.
"Friday was our first tournament game, and in our first few games, we were really rusty. We were not passing as good and we weren't playing good defence," Seres said. "Once we played three or four games together, it looked like there was better chemistry and we were sharper on Saturday."
The Kodiaks were bolstered by tournament all-stars Alessandra Gentile and Emma Jennings, while Samantha Thompson and Alison McKay also turned in polished performances.
In taking the tourney title, the team retained its No. 1 billing in the provincial rankings.
"Definitely our goal is to stay there all year," Seres said. "But I want to make sure that I don't push them too hard too early in the season. When it comes to provincials, the goal is to medal."
The Kodiaks defeated Port Moody Secondary in the first league game of the season last week, and were slated to take on Pinetree Tuesday night after NOW deadlines.