Steveston-London Secondary’s “Shark Tank” will be hosting two weeks of senior boys volleyball playoff action, starting with the city championships on Tuesday.
The Sharks will be the team to beat after completing regular season play with a perfect 8-0 record. However, their first Richmond title in recent memory will hardly be a formality.
Runner-up McRoberts (7-1) dropped a 3-2 decision to Steveston-London back on Oct. 3 while third place finishers Richmond Christian (6-2) also dropped a five-set affair two weeks later. Rounding out the field of teams are Burnett (5-3), Hugh Boyd (4-4), Cambie (3-5), MacNeill (3-5) and Richmond High (1-7).
The semi-finals are slated for Wednesday, including what should be a terrific battle between McRoberts and Richmond Christian at 5 p.m. The second match-up follows at 7 p.m. The final will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Steveston-London will also be co-hosting the inaugural South Fraser AAA Senior Boys Championships, including the gold and bronze medal matches on Friday, Nov. 15.
The 12-team event will be highly competitive with four berths to the provincial championships up for grabs.
The Earl Marriott Mariners will enter the tournament as defending B.C. champions and the No. 1 ranked team in the province. The South Surrey school features several Team B.C. members and are already secured a trip to the Langley Events Centre later this month as the host school.
The Seaquam Seahawks (No. 7), Fraser Heights Firehawks (No. 9), Semiahmoo Totems (No. 12) and the host Sharks (No. 14) are also in the provincial rankings. The Elgin Park Orcas and Delta Pacers are also considered potential top finishers.
Meanwhile, McRoberts, Richmond Christian, Burnett, Hugh Boyd and MacNeill will be headed to the South Fraser AA Championships at Pacific Academy in Surrey.
The eight team tournament concludes Nov. 14.