North Zone senior AA girls volleyball champions

North Zone senior AA girls volleyball champions

Fulton takes Zone pennants

Both Fulton senior AA volleyball teams won North Zone pennants Tuesday night in their home gym.

Morning Star Staff

Both Fulton senior AA volleyball teams won North Zone pennants Tuesday night in their home gym.

The boys grounded the Seaton Sonics 3-0 (29-27, 25-13, 25-16). Both teams advance to the Okanagan Valley Championships starting next Friday (venue TBA).

Landon Currie, Kurtis Banks, Christian Harpe and Brett Hansen were standouts for the Maroons.

On the girls side, Fulton brushed back the Kalamalka Lakers 2-0 (25-22, 25-17) in the final. Both the Maroons and Lakers move to the Okanagan Valley Championships, starting next Friday in Kamloops.

The top two teams then advance to the provincial sweet 16, Dec. 1-3, at MEI in the Fraser Valley. The third-place Okanagan finisher will host the wildcard playoffs tournament Nov. 25-26 for the final two B.C. berths.

Fulton earlier iced the Revelstoke Avalanche 25-9, 25-9 and dispatched the Pleasant Valley Saints 25-9, 25-9.

KaL reached the final Kal by icing the Saints 25-12, 25-11 and upending Revelstoke 25-19,2 5-19. Pleasant Valley defeated Revelstoke 25-22, 25-17 to place third.

“The girls were very focused and wanted the North Zone Championship win,” said Fulton head coach Sharon Shaigec.

“Kal is very well coached by longtime coach Maria Hansen, so we knew we would be in for a battle. The regular starters were consistent with good play (Murriah Robertson, Allison Hobkirk, Emily Dahl, Abby Hughes) but the unsung heroes were Jasmine Fox and Ray Lee Bergen. The girls raised their level of play and it made the difference.”

Vernon Christian School (VCS) will host the Sr. Valley Senior A playdowns today and Saturday.

As the eighth-ranked team in the province, the Royals go in as the No. 1 seed in the North None, led by Grade 12  outside hitters Aaron Botterill and Jacob Molitwenik.

VCS opens against North Zone rival Charles Bloom Timberwolves today at 12:30 p.m. and then tangle with West Zone champion, St. Ann’s Crusaders, of Kamloops, at 2:40 p.m. and then take on the No. 4 Kelowna Christian Knights at 5:55 p.m. The Royals end pool play Saturday at 10 a.m. against Kamloops Christian Eagles.

The semifinals are at 1:45 and 3 p.m. with the first serve of the championship game at 5 p.m.

Two berths are up for grabs for the provincial tournament, Nov. 24-26, in Terrace.

Meanwhile, the VSS Panthers and VSC Royals will compete in the North Zone Grade 8 girls playdowns Monday in Salmon Arm.

The Panthers brushed back the Royals 25-20, 26 in final league play, the first losses for Vernon Christian this season.

VSS also swept Seaton 25-16, 25-15 to win the league. Vernon Christian stopped Kal 26-19, 25-21 for second spot.

“It was a really fun night of volleyball and a great way for our league play to come to an end,” said Panther coach Robin Baycroft.

“All the teams worked hard this season and the quality of volleyball was excellent tonight. I’m excited for my Panthers to have pulled out the win over the Royals, it was an unexpected treat.”