Danika Damini of the Vernon Panthers bumps an incoming serve against the College Heights Cougars of Prince George in the championship game of the VSS Senior Girls Volleyball Invitational Saturday.

Danika Damini of the Vernon Panthers bumps an incoming serve against the College Heights Cougars of Prince George in the championship game of the VSS Senior Girls Volleyball Invitational Saturday.

Cougars win cat battle

The College Heights Cougars of Prince George stop VSS Panthers 2-1 in the final of a senior girls volleyball tournament.

The College Heights Cougars of Prince George stopped the host VSS Panthers 2-1 Saturday afternoon in the finals of a senior girls volleyball tournament.

The AA Cougars took the deciding set 15-12.

VSS coach Keith Becker had to re-work the schedule when the Selkirk Highlanders of Kimberley were stuck in traffic after an accident on the Rogers Pass and the L.V. Rogers Bombers’ (Nelson) bus was t-boned in downtown Vernon, sending one player to hospital.

“It was a very good weekend, and the girls all played very well,” said Becker. “Danika Damini (power) received a team all-star.”

The Panthers are off to Penticton this weekend for the Pen-High Lakers Halloween Tourney.

The Fulton Maroons finished third in the eight-team Panther tournament, grounding Selkirk 2-0 (25-13, 25-18) in the bronze-medal match. Coached by Sharon Shaigec, the Maroons fell 2-0 (25-16, 25-15) to College Heights in the semifinals after icing the Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops 2-0 (25-15, 25-9) in the quarters.

In pool play, the Maroons swept Williams Lake 2-0 (25-6, 25-6), bowed 2-0 (22-25, 22-27) to College Heights and lost 2-0 (25-22, 25-20) to Selkirk. Middle blocker Hana Ouchi of Fulton made the all-star team.

“Hana’s a great all-around player,” said Shaigec. “She’s definitely our go-to-person on offence. She was hitting the ball really hard.”

The Maroons host the NorKam Saints today (3:30 p.m.) in exhibition AAA action. The Saints will then play the Panthers (6 p.m.) at VSS. The Fulton home tournament goes in two weeks.

The Vernon Christian School Royals senior boys tournament opens Friday at 3 p.m. with the Royals facing VSS. The Kelowna Christian Knights take on the Cedars Christian Eagles of Prince George at 4:10 p.m.

The Royals tangle with the Knights Friday night at 6:35 before finishing pool play Saturday (9 a.m.) versus the Kings. The playoff final goes at 3 p.m.