Eagles ready to battle B.C.'s best

City champion Richmond Christian opens play today at B.C. "AA" Boys Volleyball Championships at Langley Events Centre

Richmond Christian Eagles are the last city team standing in the high school volleyball season.

The high-flying Eagles head to the Langley Events Centre today where they are seeded eighth at the 16-team B.C. “AA” Boys Championships.

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The two-time city champion will see “power-pool” on Wednesday where they will take on No. 5 Surrey Christian, No. 6 Abbotsford Christian and No. 7 Kelly Road of Nanaimo in best-of-three matches — looking to improve their seeding for the championship round which features round of 16 play on Thursday.

The Eagles claimed their second straight city championship in unbeaten fashion with a 3-0 win over the Richmond Colts and proceeded to earn Lower Mainland honours as well by defeating Windermere in the final.

Richmond Christian was fifth at the 2017 “AA” provincials — one of the best finishes in the school’s rich volleyball history. The goal this week will be a return to the final eighth.

The Colts and Steveston-London Sharks came up short in their bid to advance to the provincial “AAA” tourney — losing out to Burnaby South, Burnaby Central, Moscrop and champion Van Tech in the Lower Mainland playoffs. Van Tech and Moscrop are seeded No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in Langley.

On the girls side, city champion McRoberts Strikers could find their way back to the the provincial “AAA” tourney, losing out at a highly competitive Lower Mainland tourney that included top 10 ranked schools Crofton House, Magee and Little Flower Academy. 

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