The Cedars Christian Eagles boys and girls volleyball teams know they’ve earned the right to play for their respective provincial championships in Nanaimo and Castlegar.
In the wake of last week’s highway closures after the disastrous rainstorm that crippled southwestern B.C. last week, the question was, when will those tournaments be played?
The Eagles started firming up their travel plans Thursday night when B.C. School Sports announced it is postponing volleyball provincials for a week and the tournaments are now scheduled for Dec. 8-11.
“Primarily, the issue is the roads opening so people can get there,” said Cedars Christian School athletic director Steve Wilson. “That obviously plays a factor in terms of places and venues and hotels being available.”
The Cedars boys team coached by Frank Crosina was undefeated this season in zone play and the Eagles will head to Nanaimo as the second-ranked team in the 16-team provincial tournament. Cedars claimed the North Central zone title with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-9) victory over the Valemount Timberwolves in the gold-medal final Saturday at Duchess Park gym.
“The boys team dominated,” said Wilson. “They did not let an opponent get 10 points.”
The Eagles earned their top-two seeding after playing tournaments in Vernon and Kelowna and after a strong showing against double-A and triple-A teams at the B.C. Christian Schools tournament in Abbotsford in October.
John Jeong of Cedars was picked as the tournament’s most valuable player, while teammate Mitchell Crosina made the all-star team.
The Cedars senior girls team, headed by Jeff Ludditt, won its 11th-straight zone championship Saturday at Duchess Park. In the final of the seven-team tournament they defeated the Fort St. James Falcons 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-24).
“The girls peaked at the right time, they put on a serving and passing clinic and that’s what carried them to the championship,” said Wilson. “Their passing was unreal. The tournament MVP was Bella Milton, our libero, and you could count on one hand the number of balls she misplayed.”
Jenevieve Wilson of Cedars was picked a tournament all-star.
The Mackenzie Sabres took bronze with a straight-set victory over the Chetwynd Cavaliers.
Condors advance to triple-A girls provincials
Last weekend in Quesnel, backed by an MVP performance from Macyn Unger and tournament all-star Avery Parker, the Duchess Park Condors senior girls captured the North Central zone title. They beat the College Heights Cougars 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-22) for gold to advance to the provincial tournament at Crofton House in Vancouver. Dawson Creek defeated Correlieu of Quesnel for third place.
PGSS tops North Peace in triple-A boys zone final
The Prince George Polars senior boys earned a trip to Kelowna for a shot at the triple-A boys provincial championship after they swept the North Peace Grizzlies in three sets in the final Saturday in Fort St. John. PGSS lost to North Peace in the quad-A girls championship match Saturday, also in Fort St. John.
The junior girls and boys volleyball provincials will be split into two separate regional championships – Interior/North and Lower Mainland/Vancouver island. Kelowna will host the Interior/North provincial tournament.