Written by Bob Carter
Kelowna grabbed the top seed in AAA and MEI got the first seed in AA for next week’s Big Kahuna BC High School Boys Volleyball Championships.
The AA and AAA tournaments will be held Nov. 26-29 at the Langley Events Centre.
Kelowna, last year’s AAA runner-up, is seeded ahead of the No. 2 Earl Marriott Mariners, who beat the Owls for the 2013 title. Mount Boucherie is seeded third and Oak Bay fourth in the top AAA pool (E) .
Fraser Heights leads the next pool (F), followed by G.P. Vanier, Delta and Gladstone.
The rest of the AAA field in order: Dover Bay, Johnston Heights, Mt. Baker and Van Tech in Pool G; Centennial, Belmont, Seaquam and Penticton in Pool H; and David Thompson, North Peace, Steveston London and Prince George in Pool K.
The MEI Eagles, whose only loss came to Kelowna earlier during the Halloween weekend, have been top-ranked in AA all season. Next in Pool A are Clarence Fulton, Woodlands and Princess Margaret.
The other AA teams in order: Surrey Christian, Langley Christian, D.P. Todd and College Heights in Pool B; Selkirk, OKM, W.L. Seaton and Pacific Academy in Pool C; and Richmond Christian, Ballenas, Smithers and Parkland in Pool D.
Round-robin play in both AAA and AA begins at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 26. The playoffs in both tournaments will run Thursday, Nov. 27, through Saturday Nov. 29.
Sponsors for the AA and AAA provincials include Big Kahuna Sport Co., Buy-Low Foods, Baden Canada, Ricoh Canada, Volleyball BC, Sandman Hotels and Pharmasave. Other partners supporting the tournaments include the Township of Langley, Tourism Langley and Langley Schools.
The event is being held at the LEC for the first time after a successful 20-year run in Kelowna. The facility is located at 200th Street and 80th Ave. in Langley.
For more information, go to bchighschoolboysvolleyball.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.