Morning Star Staff
The Fulton Maroons took third in the MEI Eagles Invitational Senior Boys Volleyball Tournament in Clearbrook last weekend.
The Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna stopped the Maroons 2-1 (18-25, 26-24, 15-13 in the semifinals Saturday.
“We won the first game quite easily 25-18, but noticed they were starting to play better,” said Fulton head coach Richard Bedard.
“We should have won the second game but let it slip through our fingers 26-24. They have two Team B.C. power hitters that just became unstoppable and we could not put the ball down on their side. They blocked and played well.”
Fulton dispatched Walnut Grove Gators of Langley 25-15, 25-13 in the quarterfinals.
In pool play, the Maroons defeated Surrey Christian 25-16, 27-29, 15-4, swept defending AAA champion Earl Marriott Mariners of White Rock 25-20, 25-20 and grounded Langley Fundamental 19-25, 25-14, 15-5.
MEI shut down Mt. Boucherie in two straight sets for gold.
“We really wanted to play MEI, but we will have other opportunities at the KSS Best of the West and the George Elliot tournament,” said Bedard.
Fulton is ranked No. 2 in the provincial AA poll.
The Maroons iced the Seaton Sonics 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 in North Zone play Tuesday night at Fulton.
The Maroons brushed back Pleasant Valley Saints of Armstrong 3-0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-17) in senior girls action.
Middle blockers Kieanna Boomer-Jones and Allison Hobkirk had two stuff blocks apiece. Sarah Orr, Emily Dahl and Abbey Hughes connected for 11 kills and Nicole Olson and Murriah Robertson ran the offence.
Next action for the Lady Maroons, coached by Sharon Shaigec, is the 44-team UBCO Tournament this weekend. Next league play is Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Seaton.