By Bob Carter
Van Tech got the jump on Moscrop Friday night and beat the Panthers in four sets to gain Saturday’s AAA finals at Langley Events Centre.
The scores were 25-23, 26-24, 20-25, 25-20.
The second-seeded Talismen will play No. 1 Earl Marriott for gold.
“Moscrop came out strong, and we did too,” Tech coach Aaron Lock said. “The first two sets showed just how close the teams are.”
The Talismen lost starting setter Nathan Ho to an ankle injury in the third set, and Melvin Mallari took his place.
“He did a fantastic job,” Lock said. “He was fearless. Most setters would be scared to death in that situation.
“Our team around him gave him energy and confidence.”
Van Tech, which lost twice to Earl Marriott during the season, is the first Lower Mainland team to gain the AAA finals since McNair in 1979.