LANGLEY – By Gary Ahuja

An epic three-year run for the Earl Marriott Mariners was capped with yet another championship.

EMS victory in AAA Gold Medal Match. (Vancouver Sports Pictures)

EMS victory in AAA Gold Medal Match. (Vancouver Sports Pictures)

The core of the senior boys’ volleyball team won the junior provincial title (with a perfect season) in 2017 and claimed the senior title last year. And on Saturday night, the Mariners added yet another trophy to the case, shaking off some early nerves to defeat the Kelowna Owls 3-1 in the 3A championship final of the BC Secondary School Volleyball Provincial Championship at Langley Events Centre.

“It is a dream come true. It is not supposed to happen like this,”

admitted Earl Marriott’s Talon McMullin, who earned Most Valuable Player honours while twin brother Takoda picked up a First Team All-Star Award.

“We have just gotten lucky with the guys who have come to our school. We have been a tight-knit group since Grade 8, we have all played club together. To cap it off with another championship … it is just a surreal feeling.”

Kelowna was looking for their first senior boys provincial title in 66 years and they came out firing int eh first set, winning 25-19 as they looked to end their lengthy drought.

“They were just nervous in the first set and we said let’s go back to how we practice in the gym. Just like the gym, forget the crowd and just come back,” said Marriott coach Dale Quiring.

“They are so patient, so disciplined. When things don’t go our way, they just keep it together and focus on the next task that they have to do.”

A key was taking away Kelowna’s line attack, while improving their own block and passing to turn the tide. The Mariners were ruthlessly efficient over the match’s final three sets, winning 25-14, 25-11 and 25-14.

“There was no panic, we had a plan going in, it just took a bit to kick in,” Talon McMullin said.

The Marriott roster features just 10 players and Quiring alluded to the fact that some members battled through undisclosed ailments over the course of the season.

The coach also said the fact his players are multi-sport athletes is a boon to the team as their conditioning is never an issue and instead of devoting time to that in practice, they can instead focus on their volleyball skills.

“We work hard in hard in practice and then they just bring it on the court. When we are dialed and locked in, we are a hard team to beat,” he said.

In the bronze medal game, the Claremont Spartans defeated the Okanagan Mission Huskies. For full results, click here.

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Earl Marriott sets sail for another AAA championship berth

Earl Marriott sets sail for another AAA championship berth

LANGLEY- by Derek Shuel

Earl Marriott sets sail for another AAA championship berth This AAA semi-final match up between #7 OKM Huskies and the highly decorated #1 Earl Marriott Mariners was not billed as one of the premiere games to take in. But as we all know, Provincial Championship Volleyball is anything but predictable!

Earl Marriott's Talon McMullin blocking while (1) Josh Quiring is ready to dig an OKM ball during semi final action.

Earl Marriott’s Talon McMullin blocking while (1) Josh Quiring is ready to dig an OKM ball during semi final action.

The first set saw the Huskies explode out of the gate and take an impressive 10-5 lead followed up by a 17-12 lead! For those who have followed Mariner volleyball over the last few years, no one would be surprised to see this team stay calm and composed and battle back to a 25-23 win.

The next set was a thriller to watch at the beginning with each team battling for each point. With a 7-7 and 10-10 start, it truly was any one’s game. This is where Marriott begins to shine as a team. As coach Dale Quiring quoted,

“We are dialed in, locked and loaded”.He continued with “We have maintained a positive attitude. We are family, we stick together”. But it goes further than that, “I love these guys” coach Quiring said.

As the head coach of this team at the Junior level, he led them to an astonishing 38-0 with no sets lost. Furthermore, Earl Marriott is also the reigning AAA boys Provincial Champions. This is just a continuation of this belief in themselves to overcome any obstacle at any level that comes into their path. The final set of the semi-final didn’t come easy as the OKM setter Kael Murphy was outstanding. He knew his teams’ back was against the wall and he used every piece that was available to him in this battle. And what a battle it was! With the score tied up at 24-24, the OKM fans urged the Huskies on! Unfortunately, Marriott’s calm demeanor and the ability to weather the storms when they came, were too great a factor in this match. The Mariners took the set 27-25 to advance once again to the championship match vs. Kelowna Secondary who prevailed in the other semi-final vs. Claremont.

Game time for the AAA boys Gold medal game is slated for 5:00 at the Langley Events Center.

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Early Action sees a Few Upsets in both AA and AAA Boys Pool Play

Early Action sees a Few Upsets in both AA and AAA Boys Pool Play

LANGLEY – As the morning of day 1 starts off- all hopes of winning the tournament remain in tact. Early on there are a few early surprises with some teams showing up ready to play.

PCS celebrates after narrowly defeating College Heights in pool Play 2-1 (15-13).

AA #7 ranked Pacific Christian upsets #5 ranked College Heights with a 2-1 victory in pool play. With the addition of two grade nines in the starting line-up (#6 Tommy Godoy, #8 Pierrs de Greeff) , Pacific Christian looks much stronger than before. Pacific Christian coach Dennis Candell attributed his team’s success to better serving.

“We were nervous early in the match. However, in the end, we just served tougher and stronger and that was the difference.”

AA Surrey Christian showed up with a surprising and convincing victory over Hugh Mc Roberts 25-17, 25-6. It was a surprise because in the regional qualifiers, Hugh Mc Roberts defeated Surrey Christian.  Coach Sean Engbers attributes their success this morning to solid play and excellent setting.

AAA- Earl Marriott avoids a near upset to Claremont after narrowly escaping with a victory 16-14 in the third set. Claremont had early pressure but as the match went on Earl Marriott managed to hang on. After Claremont was up 8-5 at the split, Claremont coach, Shon Ryan said

“We made some errors down the stretch that cost us a chance to take that. It’s unfortunate.”

Coach Shon Ryan and the Claremont squad during a time out.

EMS Coach Dale Quiring says “we had a slow start for sure but we stuck with it and got an ugly win.”

EMS struggled with numerous unforced swing errors but managed to get some key kills from Talon McMullin and Ryan Brown in game 3. Quiring added, “we have to give Claremont credit, they played well but we need to be better.”


For more results see https://www.bcssvolleyballchampionships.ca/stats#/master-schedule/2019/11

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Final Seedings for the AAA Boys High School Volleyball Championships, Nov 27-30 at Langley Event Centre:

Tournament SEED Zone
Pool E
1 Earl Marriott South Fraser 1
2 Kelowna Okanagan-Thompson 1
3 Claremont Vancouver Island 1
4 Oak Bay Vancouver Island 2
Pool F
5 Eric Hamber Vancouver Sea-to-Sky 1
6 Argyle Vancouver Sea-to-Sky 2
7 OKM Okanagan-Thompson 2
8 Riverside Fraser North 1
Pool G
9 Yale Eastern Valley 1
10 Mt. Boucherie Okanagan-Thompson 3
11 Fleetwood South Fraser 2
12 Steveston-London South Fraser 3
Pool H
13 Fraser Heights South Fraser 4
14 Seaquam South Fraser 5
15 Burnaby Central Fraser North 2
16 Semiahmoo South Fraser 6
Pool K
17 Mt. Baker Kootenay 1
18 Delta South Fraser 7
19 Reynolds Vancouver Island 3
20 Pen Hi Okanagan-Thompson 4

These are Power Pools on the first day.  There were some upsets at Zone Championships that change the seeding order significantly.

Tournament Website:
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Heading into Qualifying for BC Championships- Week 8 rankings

Heading into Qualifying for BC Championships- Week 8 rankings

These are the ranking for BC High School Boys’ Volleyball AA and AAA tiers, heading into the Zone Championships week—the last step of qualifying for the BC Championships!

Earl Marriott's Ben Francois (2) hitting a ball past the block. Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures.

Earl Marriott’s Ben Francois (2) hitting a ball past the block. Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures.


AAA (20 teams qualify for Provincials):

1 Earl Marriott
2 Kelowna
3 Claremont
4 Oak Bay
5 Argyle
6 Mt Boucherie
7 Eric Hamber
8 Seaquam
9 Riverside
10 OKM
11 Delta
12 Fraser Heights
13 Steveston-London
14 Yale
15 New Westminster
16 Semiahmoo
17 Penticton
18 Van Tech
20 Burnaby Central

AA (16 teams qualify for the Provincials)

Highland moves up into the top 16 with a win over cross-town rivals Mark Isfeld in the qualifier for Vancouver Island zone championship.  7 through 11 is a very tight grouping.
1 Langley Chr.
2 Abbotsford Chr.
4 George Elliot
5 Langley Fundamental
6 College Heights
7 Pacfic Academy
8 Pacific Christian
9 Duchess Park
10 Surrey Christian
11 McRoberts
12 Princess Margaret
13 Sa-Hali
14 St. Michael’s
15 WL Seaton
16 Highland
HM:  Kelly Road


Here are the final rankings and Pools for Provincials:
Pool A
1.  Vernon Christian
2.  Mt. Sentinel Secondary
3.  Centennial Christian
4.  Credo Christian
Pool B
5.  St. Andrew’s
6.  Unity Christian
7.  Kelowna Christian
8.  Cedars Christian
Pool C
9.  Fernie Secondary
10 Ebenezer Canadian Reformed School
11. St. Ann’s Academy
12. Brockton School
Pool D
13. Bulkley Valley Christian
14. Highroad Academy
15. Sparwood
16. Gaglardi
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