Morning Star Staff
The VSS Panthers placed seventh overall and were the top AAA school in the Trinity Western High School Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament last weekend.
The Cats finished second in pool play on Friday with back-to-back 2-0 wins against Langley Christian Lightning (28-26, 25-22) and Highroad Academy Knights of Chilliwack (25-12, 25-15).
VSS ended the day with an unexpected 2-0 loss (25-15, 25-18) to the MEI Eagles of Clearbrook.
The Panthers opened the Saturday playoff round by brushing back the scrappy Spruce Grove Composite Panthers of Alberta 2-1 (25-15, 23-25, 15-9). VSS then went on to stop the big-hitting Earl Marriott Mariners of Surrey, the 2013 AAAA provincial silver medalists, 25-16, 25-19.
The win over Marriott moved the Panthers into the top-eight and a battle with the undefeated No. 1-ranked KSS Owls of Kelowna for a top-four crossover match.
The Owls won the opening set 25-15 before winning the second 26-24.
The towering Cobras of Alberta then swept the Cats 25-20, 25-23.
“The experience this year from Grade 12 captains Tanner Lorenson and Sheph Mintz, along with teammates McKenzie Kreeft, Jordan Korol, Te’a Reimer and Megan Reeves, will bring good depth to the team,” said VSS coach Keith Becker.