Elliot, Killarney grab seventh place
Dec03

Elliot, Killarney grab seventh place

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.

Colin Fu had some key blocks for Killarney

Colin Fu had some key blocks for Killarney PHOTO: Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures.

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.

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Grand prize draw tonight at gold medal matches
Dec03

Grand prize draw tonight at gold medal matches

You have probably seen the girls’ Instagram prize table hanging around in the Fieldhouse at LEC. Their photo contest has been continuing on this year once again!

Abbey Lin from the Instagram booth (Photo by Sarah Wiebe)

Abbey Lin from the prize booth (Photo by Sarah Wiebe)

All the small prizes (hats, lanyards, mini-volleyballs, socks, etc) have already been claimed, but they still have their GRAND PRIZE Baden brand volleyballs that will be awarded to 4 lucky people tonight.

Come out during the AAA (5:00pm) & AA (7:00pm) gold medal matches, and have your chance to win with 3 easy steps (listed below). Winners will be chosen between matches.

*The more interesting your photo, the better chance it will have at winning. Photos will be judged on entertainment & fun value!*

To be entered you must:

  1. Be following @bcboysvolleyball on Instagram.
  2. Post a photo at the tournament, with the hashtags #bcboysvball and #bigkahunabcs in your caption.
  3. Tag @bcboysvolleyball in the photo.

*Winners must be present when the photo is chosen to obtain prizes*

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Tech ends emotional BC’s on a happy note
Dec03

Tech ends emotional BC’s on a happy note

By Bob Carter

Langley — The goal, the dream of a provincial championship had died two days earlier in a stunning five-set loss. That’s why the hugs and tears shared Saturday seemed more intense when Van Tech players and coaches celebrated their ninth-place victory over Delta at the Big Kahuna BC Volleyball Championships.

Coltyn Liu leads Van Tech on Saturday.

Coltyn Liu leads Van Tech on Saturday. PHOTO: Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures.

“It’s the end of a good team,” Tech coach Aaron Lock said. “It’s not the result we had hoped for, yet there’s more learning in what did happen in terms of the remainder of their lives.

“Maybe that loss was more valuable for them as individuals, as people.”

The third-seeded Talismen, who lost to No. 14 Killarney on Thursday, dropped the first set to Delta (25-23), another highly ranked team with title hopes which had stumbled in its zone playoffs and tumbled to a 15th seed.

Van Tech took the next two sets against Delta, 29-27 and 15-5.

Coltyn Liu, Tech’s 6-4 captain and star outside hitter, said the team had held meetings on Friday, trying to regroup.

“It was an emotional time,” he said.

Van Tech beat Oak Bay and Mount Baker in the placement draw on Friday, and then the players talked about Saturday’s match being their season finale and the last in high school for many.

“Before the second set, we knew that this was it; we had to play better,” said Liu, a grade 12. “We got some points, were playing free and started connecting with each other. Just being happy.”

In the third, Tech breezed, with Liu continually soaring for kills. “The team started clicking,” Lock said, “and then we saw the real Coltyn.”

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Semiahmoo to play KSS in AAA final
Dec03

Semiahmoo to play KSS in AAA final

Langley — Second seed Semiahmoo swept past Seaquam in three sets Friday night to win a spot in Saturday’s 5 p.m. AAA finals at the Big Kahuna BC Volleyball Championships.

The scores were 25-18, 25-23, 25-15.

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Semiahmoo Totems reach new heights. PHOTO: Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures.

The Totems will play for the title against No. 1 Kelowna, which overcame fourth-seeded Dover Bay in four sets in a late-night match.

In AAA placement play:

Fraser Heights beat Moscrop 21-25, 25-18, 15-12, then lost to Delta 25-20, 21-25, 17-15.

Centennial beat Moscrop 25-17, 25-15.

Van Tech defeated Oak Bay 21-25, 25-11, 15-4. Oak Bay then beat Mount Boucherie 18-25, 25-18, 20-18.

Elgin Park topped Claremont 25-22, 22-25, 15-9, then defeated Penticton 25-20, 25-14 for 17th place.

Claremont beat David Thompson 28-26, 26-24 for 19th.

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College Heights, LCS gain AA finals
Dec02

College Heights, LCS gain AA finals

By Bob Carter

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College Heights. PHOTO: Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures.

Langley — Jay Guillet knew what was coming from Pacific Academy, and Thursday night he wanted his College Heights players to know, too.

“I told them to prepare for five sets,” Guillet said. “Get ready for some adversity.”

All came true Friday night when fourth-seeded College Heights knocked off No. 1 seed PA in five sets and advanced to Saturday’s AA title game in the Big Kahuna BC Volleyball Championships.

The Cougars from Prince George fell behind 8-6 in the fifth, but then surged to a 15-11 win, led by attacker Ben Shand and setter Graham Walkey, whose late sprawling dig epitomized his team’s effort.

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#12, LCS prepares to block. PHOTO: Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures.

The smaller CH team overcame a great hitting performance by Nate Teasdale, who carried the Breakers in the final two sets.

“He’s an amazing player,” Guillet said. “We wanted to make him work, make it as challenging as we could.”

The Cougars will meet No. 2 seed Langley Christian in the final.

LCS beat Fraser Valley rival MEI in four sets, using its explosive front line to pull away after the teams were tied after two sets.

Carol Hofer’s Lightning won the third set 25-17, then prevailed in a tight fourth when son Brodie Hofer put them ahead for good at 23-22 with a hit off the block and Christian Christie’s kill provided the winning point.

MEI, the two-time defending champ, got another strong hitting game from Colton Loewen, but it wasn’t enough.

“We knew he would score,” coach Hofer said. “We knew we had to contain everyone else, and we did a good job of that.”

LCS has beaten PA in four of six meetings this year.

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