Morning Star Staff
The Fulton Maroons repeated as North Zone Senior AA Volleyball League champions Friday night on their home court.
Fulton took the title by brushing back the Seaton Sonics 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-18) in the final.
Seaton advanced to the final by knocking out the Kalamalka Lakers. Fulton and Seaton advance to the Valley playdowns starting Friday at Sa-Hali in Kamooops.
Although the Maroons had a slow start to the match, they gradually found their game as the night went on.
“The nerves were definitely showing with the boys at the beginning of the match,” said Fulton head coach Richard Bedard. “But they have learned to work through it and persevered at the end.
“It also is a bittersweet night for us as this is the last home game for the Grade 12s (Danny Aspenlieder, Jordy Barr, Bryn Bedard, Ryan Doerges) as well as for Karen (assistant coach Bedasrd) and I. They were part of teams that won North Zones for their age group every year since they were in Grade 8.”
In North Zone senior AA girls action, Kal, Fulton and the Pleasant Valley Saints of Armstrong move to the Valleys, starting Friday at George Elliot in Lake Country.
The Lakers stopped Fulton 26-24, 25-23 in the final.
Earlier, Fulton defeated PVSS 25-8, 25-6 and Kal iced PVSS 25-18, 25-13
Fulton captain Nicole Olson connected with Sarah Orr to record 12 kills versus Kal. Abbey Hughes went on a seven-point serving streak.
“We closed the scoring gap compared to previous games with Kalamalka but are still falling short.,” said Fulton head coach Sharon Shaigec. “Princess Margaret is definitely the favourite heading into Valley Championships. After that it is wide open depending on which Teams are healthy and ready to compete hard.”
Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops and the Summerland Rockets are also in the Valleys. The winner joins host Elliot in the provincials, Dec. 2-4.