D.P. Todd rebounded from a tough opening day at the AA boys provincials at Langley Events Centre Thursday with a four-set playoff victory over Pacific Academy. The win pushed the Trojans into the final eight where they will play No. 1 MEI later in the day.
“We were in an excellent state of mind,” said Todd coach Glenn Wong. “Yesterday was a very bad day (0-3). The ball didn’t bounce right for us. But new day, new tournament.”
Wong said his team passed better in the 8-9 match and did a good job “assessing their hits.”
He cited a strong overall team effort, adding that setter Ryan Gaiesky performed well. “He spreads it out so everyone gets to hit, and it helps keep the other team on their heels.”
Woodlands, the top AA Vancouver Island team, also had a bounce-back victory. The Eagles beat Richmond Christian in straight sets and advanced to a 5 p.m. quarterfinal meeting with Langley Christian.
Coach Hung Tang, though, was not particularly happy with how his team played.
“Our execution should be better, especially our passing,” Tang said. “And we didn’t finish well. We have not been a good finishing team.”
Other teams advancing to the final eight in the morning were LCS, which beat WL Seaton in straight sets, and MEI, which used its bench a lot in defeating Parkland in three straight.