The Steveston-London Sharks are headed to next week’s B.C. AAA Boys Volleyball Championships for the first time in recent memory thanks to a third place finish in the inaugural South Fraser Playoffs.
The Sharks capped a busy week with a straight set home court win over Fraser Heights on Friday night. The provincials take place Nov. 27-30 at the Langley Events Centre.
Steveston-London opened the zone playoffs with a 3-1 (25-9, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16) quarter-final win over Fraser Heights. A straight set loss to top ranked and eventual champion Earl Marriott followed, sending the Sharks to consolation play.
They rebounded with a five-set thriller (22-25, 25-14, 25-18, 18-25, 15-11) to secure a B.C. berth, before taking care of Fraser Heights. They will head to LEC seeded 12th among 20 schools.
The Sharks roster features Aidan Cox, Amos Cheng, Ben Shaw, Django Mavis, Enrico Sia, Jalen Johal, Kevin Tan, Ryan Yee, Steven Huang, Travis Lin and Tyan Suzuki. The team is coached by Mike Yee. The manager is Sargun S. Khurana.
Meanwhile, Richmond champion McRoberts Strikers are headed to the B.C. AA Championships thanks to their runner-up finish in the South Fraser playdowns.
The Strikers fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-18) in a match-up of the tournament’s top seeds.
McRoberts’ road to the final began with a 3-0 win over Cambie (25-18, 25-13, 25-13) before defeating Surrey Christian 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 28-26) in the semi-finals.
The Strikers have been seeded ninth for the 16-team provincial tourney.
The Richmond Christian Eagles fell just one win short of also heading to the LEC, falling 3-0 to Surrey Christian in the bronze medal match.
McRoberts’ Ethan Yodogawa and Dimitri Volchkov were named to the tournament all-star team where they were joined by the Eagles’ Jared Prinsloo.