Morning Star Staff
The Sa-Hali AAA Sabres of Kamloops dispatched the Princess Margaret AA Mustangs of Penticton 2-0 (25-16, 25-16) in Saturday’s matinee final of the Fulton Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament.
Sa-Hali was jumpstarted by tournament MVP- Caet Mckorkell and all-star Sawyer Hawgood. The Mustangs were led by all-stars Sydney McKinley and Farnoz Johal.
The VSS AAA Panthers took the bronze medal in the eight-team classic by outlasting the Kalamalka AA Lakers 2-1 (25-16, 19-25, 15-10).
Anna Rice of VSS and Maya Bandy of Kal also made the all-star team.
Sa-Hali swept Kal 25-20, 25-9, while Princess Margaret iced VSS 25-21, 16-25, 15-9 in the semis.
The Lakers brushed back the Valleyview AAA Vikings of Kamloops 2-1 (20-25, 25-13, 15-13), while the Panthers upended the AA George Elliot Coyotes of Lake Country 25-23, 25-20 in the quarterfinals.
Princess Margaret defeated Westsyde AA Whundas of Kamloops 30-28,18-25,17-19, while Sa-Hali knocked off Fulton 25-17, 25-16 in the other quarters.
Fulton grounded George Elliot 17-25, 25-21, 15-10, while Valleyview defeated Westsyde 25-19, 25-23 to share fifth. Nicole Olson of Fulton was named an all-star.
“Once again the Okanagan is proving to produce very high-calibre girls volleyball teams,” said Fulton coach Sharon Shaigec. “Princess Margaret is currently ranked sixth AA provincially and Sa-Hali is ranked fourth AAA.
“I was proud of how my team battled hard to get the win in our last match against George Elliot. Elliot is hosting AA provincials Dec. 3-5 so they are definitely a team we will have to beat at the Valley Championships and again at the provincials.”
Added Shaigec: “Power Hitter Sarah Orr was very consistent in the front row and made spectacular digs in the back row. Nicole Olson ran a solid offence throughout the tournament and her leadership skills helped pull out the win in the George Elliot game.”
The North Zone playoffs went Tuesday at Kal.
In senior AA boys play, the sick and injury-plagued Maroons finished third at the 16-team Elliot tournament.
Ranked No. 2 in B.C., Fulton met top-seed MEI of Clearbrook in their opening match and won the opening set 25-22 before losing 25-22, 15-12.
“Being down 12-3 in the second and 7-0 in the third didn’t help matters, but the boys fought hard to get back in both sets,” said Fulton head coach Richard Bedard.
“I was pretty happy overall considering that our players are not at 100 per cent health right now. A bad cold is going through the team as well as other injuries.”
Fulton defeated the FH Collins Warriors of the Yukon 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 in the round of 16.
This led to a quarterfinal marathon with College Heights Cougars of Prince George which the Maroons took 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 15-9.
The weary Maroons then lost 25-15, 25-19, 30-28 to the No. 4 AA Langley Christian Lightning. in the semifinals.
“LCS played a solid match and they were gunning for us since we beat them two straight at the KSS Best of the West. They passed and hit well. We lost to them at the same tournament last year, so we know what we need to work on before provincials,” said Bedard.
Team all star shirts were given to Ryan Doerges, Jordy Barr and Christan Harpe.
The Maroons earned the right to host North Zones at Fulton Thursday and Friday after finishing at 6-0.