Danny Aspenlieder of the Fulton Maroons goes over the top of the Princess Margaret Mustangs' block for a kill. Nick Prystupa

Fulton Maroons in the zone

Fulton Maroons gear up for North Zone senior AA boys volleyball playoffs.

The Fulton Maroons will seek a North Zone senior AA boys volleyball title tonight after placing fifth in the 20-team George Elliot Coyotes tournament Saturday.

Third-ranked Fulton opened by stopping No. 7 D.P. Todd Trojans of Prince George 25-13, 25-18 before taking out the Seaton Sonics in four games to make the quarterfinals.

The No. 2 Langley Christian Eagles then brushed back the Maroons 3-2 (16-25. 25-19, 11-25, 25-14, 15-10 in the quarters.

“It was the strangest match I’ve ever witnessed, to be honest,” said Fulton head coach Richard Bedard. “We could have won in three. We were up 11-1 at one point in the third game and then we lose badly in the fourth game. We need to be more consistent and will work towards that for provincials.”

Fulton ended the tournament by defeating fourth-rated Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton 25-21, 25-16.

The Maroons meet Seaton, while the VSS Panthers battle the Revelstoke Avalanche in semifinals tonight (5 p.m.) at Fulton. The best-of-five final follows at 6:30.

The Valleys go Nov. 14-15 at Elliot with the B.C. playdowns, Nov. 25-29.

In senior girls play Saturday, Fulton finished 2-2 at a Kamloops tournament.

Nazarena Wurz recorded 10 kills and Aryana Jacura added six as Fulton defeated the Westsyde Whundas 25-18, 25-18 in a battle of AA teams.

Fulton then stopped the AAA NorKam Saints 2-1 (25-17, 25-27, 15-12). Wurz supplied 15 kills and Brittany Skrenek added nine.

The AAA Sa-Hali Sabres outlasted the Maroons 2-1 (15-25, 25-20, 15-12) before the AAA Valleyview Vikings grounded Fulton 2-1 (25-21, 21-25, 15-10.

“It was a great day of volleyball with our team showing a lot of character, digging deep and competing with all teams in the gym,” said Fulton head coach Sharon Shaigec.

The Maroons hosted the North Zone playdowns Tuesday and open their eight-team home tournament Friday at 12:30 p.m. against Nor-Kam. The Kalamalka Lakers face the VSS Panthers on court two.

 

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