The Fulton Maroons slammed the Seaton Sonics 2-0 (25-12, 25-10) in the North Zone junior boys volleyball championship final Thursday night.
Strong serving by Landon Currie helped the Maroons get a solid lead in both games. Libero Jordy Barr was key in many of the passing rotations to give setter Bryn Bedard more positions to set the ball and make the Fulton offence unstoppable.
The host Maroons started the night by sweeping the fourth-seeded Revelstoke Avalanche 2-0 (25-4, 25-9) to gain an automatic berth into the Valley playdowns next weekend in Kelowna.
Revelstoke had outlasted the Vernon Christian School Royals 2-1 (12-25, 25-17, 15-9) to earn the No. 4 seed and meet top-ranked Fulton.
“The boys were pumped to play tonight and they kept the intensity up the entire match,” said Fulton head coach Richard Bedard. “Usually they don’t keep the level they are at, but tonight was totally different.
“Strong fan support had a lot to do with it and Fulton fans are the best for that. Middle Kobe Romanovitch had his best hitting and serving game of the season and Danny Aspenlieder, Ryan Doerges and Noah Alleyne had strong hitting games as well. TJ Ward came off the bench to get a couple of kills and a strong spike serve at the end. It was great to see them do so well.”
The Seaton Sonics brushed back the VSS Panthers 2-1 (17-25, 25-18, 15-8) in the No. 2 vs No. 3 match, earning Seaton the second berth into Valleys.
In the senior A girls zone playoff final, the A.L. Fortune Falcons of Enderby grounded the Royals 2-0 (26-24, 25-19).
“Strong hitting from the Falcons left us scrambling much of the match,” said Vernon Christian coach Jason Reedyk. “We were down 16-8 in the first set, but rallied to bring it back to 23-23. We played hard, but in the end the Falcons’ consistent play was too much for us.”
The Royals toppled the Eagle River Eagles of Sicamous 2-0 (25-17, 25-19) in the semis, getting strong serving from Jasmine Hofsink and solid blocking from Vanessa Major. Timely kills from Rebecca Vanderdeen and Sam Hofsink helped secure the win.
“The girls stepped up their play and dug up a few balls that no one expected them to get,” said Reedyk.
Fortune defeated King’s Christian of Salmon Arm in straight sets in the other semi. The Valleys start Friday in Kelowna.