By Bob Carter
Langley — George Elliot (AA) and Killarney (AAA) won seventh-place matches Saturday at the Big Kahuna BC Volleyball Championships, and it wasn’t easy for either.
Elliot rallied to beat McRoberts 22-25, 27-25, 15-13, and Killarney defeated Reynolds 25-22, 25-21.
“We had a lot of nerves the first two days,” Elliot coach Chris Frehlick said. “The boys were loose today.”
The Coyotes’ hitting standout, Fynn McCarthy, finessed a soft, short shot down the line for the winning point in the second set, and Elliott played some hustling defence in the third.
Frehlick, whose team’s finish matched its seed in the championship draw, said libero Jared Darley and setter Morgan Nichols had a good match, and Fynn “got the kills when we needed them.”
Giant killer Killarney, which stunned No. 3 Van Tech in the round of 16, lost a five-set toughie in the quarterfinals to Seaquam on Friday. The Cougars then lost to Earl Marriott later that day but rallied in the second set to get past Reynolds.
“Everybody contributed in some way,” Killarney coach Jeremy Westereng said. “It’s very validating to not lose today after getting to the top eight.”
The Cougars entered bracket play as the 14th seed.
Westereng said libero James Joseph “was on fire again” on Saturday. Joseph shared back-row responsibility with Jojo Passave. The coach said Justin Mo was the team’s best hitter in the match and that the Cougars’ middles (Colin Fu and Ty Loster) did some solid blocking.