LANGLEY- By Mike Jamieson
Day two brought lots of volleyball to the Langley Events Centre, the ranking committee was the big winner on the day with no upsets. Round one opened up with Fraser Heights sneaking past Delta on the back of stud power hitter Daniel Lafluer. Only in grade 10 Daniel has proved he belongs at this level over the last two days. At the same time Steveston-London was able to get past Mount Baker to advance to the round of 16. Six foot six grade 12 standout Jalen Johal was dominant in the match.
In the next set of games for round one Semiahmoo took on Reynolds from Victoria. Andy Cheon was a force all game at the net for Semiahmoo but in the end Matthew King and the Reynold Roadrunners prevailed. Next up was Burnaby Central vs Penticton. Burnaby Central was looking to make a run to honour their former coach Bryan Dunse but Penticton grade 12 star Steve Searcy was too much for the Wildcats to handle, as Penticton pulled the upset and advanced to the round of 16.
Round of 16
Earl Marriott was able to start the day off with their winning ways behind the powerful combination of Noah Halladay and Ben Francois. Fraser Heights put together a strong effort against the returning champions from Earl Marriott, but in the end the Mariners were on top form after a sluggish start on day one. Next up in the quarter finals for EMS are the Riverside Rapids, who advanced with a well earned victory over Yale. Riverside coach Rob Mackenzie praised the teamwork of this team and the play of Jesse Lee after the game.
Okanagan Mission was able to ride their six grade 10 players to a quarterfinal berth after a thrilling victory over Steveston-London. OKM setter Kael Murphy kept his troops organized all game long and was MVP of the match. Booking a date in the quarterfinals vs OKM was the Oak Bay Barbers who managed to hustle their way past the strong outside hitting of Seaquam. Kai Huguchi was dominant for Oak Bay in the match.
On the bottom side of the draw Claremont was able to get past their hometown rival Reynolds and advanced to play Argyle in the quarterfinals. Argyle advanced after a back and forth affair with the Mount Boucherie Bears. Rounding out the draw is the last quarterfinal between Kelowna and Eric Hamber. Eric Hamber advanced with a win over Fleetwood Park and Kelowna cruised past local rival Penticton.
Argle coach Shon Sim on his match against Mount Boucherie,
“This was a worst possible match up, they have been top 6 all year and they are grade 12’s. We are a young team – our team is made up of a grade 10 starting setter, grade 9 and 10 starting middles, grade 10 libero and grade 12 outsides. – man I am super proud of that!”
Earl Marriott vs Riverside
Okanagan Mission vs Oak Bay
Claremont vs Argyle
Kelowna vs Eric Hamber
9-16 Placement Games Friday
Fraser Heights vs Yale
Steveston-London vs Seaquam
Reynolds vs Mount Boucherie
Penticton vs Fleetwood Park
17-20 Placement Games Friday
Delta vs Mount Baker
Semiahmoo vs Burnaby Central