Maroons third in MEI Eagles’ nest

The Fulton Maroons placed third in the 20-team MEI Eagles Invitational Junior Boys Volleyball tournament .

The Fulton Maroons placed third in the 20-team MEI Eagles Invitational Junior Boys Volleyball tournament last weekend in Clearbrook, falling to the defending B.C. champion Eagles in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.

“We did not have a solid weekend,” said head coach Richard Bedard. “We lost a game Friday night we shouldn’t have, and that put us into the same bracket side as MEI. We really shouldn’t be complaining, but we have high expectations for this crew. Our rookie Landon Currie was a really solid player for us in that match, but the rest of the team struggled. We are a true team I guess.”

In power pool play, Fulton stopped Elgin Park Orcas of Surrey 25-18, 25-12, lost the split by one with Langley Fundamental 16-25, 25-17 and won the split against Langley Christian Lightning 25-12, 27-25. They then lost 25-18, 25-23 to the Eagles.

In the final 16, the Maroons swept the MEI B team 25-12, 25-16 and then bounced Elgin Park again in the quarters, 25-11, 25-14. The Maroons host North Zone playoffs next Thursday.

Fulton senior girls swept the George Elliot Coyotes 3-0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-18) Tuesday night to finish North Zone AA league play at 4-2.

The North Zone playoffs go next Thursday at Kalamalka Secondary.

Shaina Banta recorded six stuff blocks and four kills from the middle, while Nazarena Wurz recorded 18 kills from power. Erin Sakamoto was in the zone with marvellous passing  to start the attack.

The AA Maroons open their eight-team invitational today at 1:45 p.m. against the Merritt Panthers and then battle the 4A Prince George Polar Bears at 4:15 and the AA Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops at 8 p.m.

Play resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with the semifinals at 12:45 p.m. and the final at 2 p.m.

The AAA VSS Panthers tangle with AA Kal Lakers today at 1:45 and then meet the Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton at 5:30 and face the Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops at 6:45.

Meanwhile, the VSS senior boys Panthers won the consolation side of the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack Invitational in Kamloops.

Senior player Taylor McKnight joined the shortstaffed Cats and proved to be a great addition to the Fab Five seniors, providing great serves, hits and energy.

Grade 8 Brody Watts was summonded and held his own with the big boys. Shelby Hartwig, Brayden Damini and Carson Labrecque recorded some great hits thanks to setter Nolan Wiens.

In Saturday consolation play, VSS swept George Elliot 25-21, 26-24, iced South Okanagan Hornets 25-14, 25-10 and then grounded Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops 25-20, 25-16.

Seniors Jason Reich and Wiens provided steller defence and Hartwig and Damini earned much -deserved tournament MVP awards.