The McRoberts Strikers will be heavily favoured to win their third consecutive title when they host the Richmond Senior Girls Volleyball Championships, starting on Monday.
A fixture in the provincial AAA rankings all season, the No. 8 Strikers did not drop a set in rolling to 10 straight wins in league play. The run included a 3-0 victory over McMath back on Oct. 11. That was the Wildcats’ (9-1) lone loss — giving them the No. 2 seed for the eight-team tournament. Rounding out the field are Steveston-London (8-2), Richmond Christian (7-3), Hugh Boyd (5-5), Cambie (4-6), MacNeill (4-6) and Richmond High (4-6).
The semi-finals are slated for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The championship match goes at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Strikers will also be hosting the inaugural South Fraser AAA Zone Championships — starting Nov. 12 — that will determine provincial berths. They will be joined by McMath and Steveston-London in the five-team tournament.
The Wildcats will face Clayton Heights in the quarter-finals while Steveston-London takes on Salish. McRoberts receives a bye directly to the semi-finals. The tourney concludes with the title game on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, Richmond Christian, Cambie and MacNeill will be headed to the South Fraser AA Championships next week that are being hosted by Southridge and Holy Cross in Surrey. The eight-team tourney offers two berths to provincials and a potential wild card spot to the third place finisher.
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The Strikers were crowned Richmond Junior Girls champions last week —handing McMath its first loss of the season in the final, 3-1.
Both schools will be joined by Cambie, Burnett and Richmond High at the 16-team South Fraser Championships, taking place at Pacific Academy and Southridge in Surrey, starting Monday.
Newly-crowned Richmond Juvenile Girls champion McMath will be at the South Fraser Grade 9 Championships at Earl Marriott where they will be joined by MacNeill and Steveston-London.