written by Bob Carter
Langley – The Big Kahuna BC High School Boys Volleyball Championships will likely feature some familiar names at the top of the field later this month. The event, which includes 20 AAA teams and 16 from AA, will be held Nov. 26-29 at the Langley Events Centre.
Once-beaten MEI, winner of four straight tournaments, has been ranked No. 1 in AA all season and has defeated the top teams in AAA. The Eagles, who placed third a year ago, suffered their first loss last weekend when they fell to AAA power Kelowna in pool play at the George Elliot Tournament. They then came back to beat the Owls 3-0 for the title.
Langley Christian, Clarence Fulton, Princess Margaret and last season’s champion, Langley Fundamental, are among teams that could contend in this year’s BC’s. LCS finished second in 2013 and is currently ranked second in AA.
Kelowna, top-ranked in AAA, has finished runner-up in the last two provincials, losing to Oak Bay in the 2012 final and to Earl Marriott last season.
Marriott, whose victory over Kelowna gave the Mariners their first AAA title, is expected to be a strong contender again. Fraser Heights, Oak Bay and Mt. Boucherie could be among others bidding for the AAA championship this time.
The four-day championships are moving to the Metro Vancouver area after a successful 20-year run in Kelowna.
“We are extremely excited to partner with this great event,” Craig Preece, Big Kahuna’s Vice President-Marketing, said earlier this year when the title sponsorship was announced. “Volleyball is an extremely important category for Big Kahuna.”
The AA and AAA tournaments will run concurrently in adjacent gyms at the spacious LEC. The complex is located at 7888 – 200 Street in Langley, just minutes from Highway 1.
More information: www.bchighschoolboysvolleyball.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.