PHOTOS: Coldstream squad wins provincial opener on home court

Kalamalka Lakers middle Olivia Tymkiw (right) blasts the ball past the double block of Tatiana Yau (13) and Sophie Sutherland of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball championships at Kal Secondary Thursday, Nov. 28. The Lakers beat the Knights 25-20, 24-26,15-12. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Lakers blockers Olivia Tymkiw (13) and Anna Rinn forces Sophie Sutherland of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights to alter her kill attempt during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Lakers blockers Hailey Rangen (6) and Anna Rinn try to stop a kill attempt from Ezawa Malish of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Secondary defender Hailey Rangen (right) tries unsuccessfully to dig up a ball while teammate Jessica Grages looks on during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Secondary principal Mike Grace gets the crowd going to encourage the host Lakers in the third and deciding set of their opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. It worked. Kal rallied to beat St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights of Burnaby. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Secondary principal Mike Grace gets the crowd going with the always popular wave to encourage the host Lakers in the third and deciding set of their opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. It worked. Kal rallied to beat St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights of Burnaby. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Lakers hitter Anna Rinn (7) gets the ball past the block attempt of Sophie Sutherland of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Lucky 13s: Kal Secondary middle blocker Olivia Tymkiw (right) roofs counterpart Tatiana Lau of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kal Lakers captain Jessica Grages (on floor) gave a valiant effort but couldn’t dig up a tip from Sophie Sutherland (6) of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights Collegiate as teammates Chanelle Wilson (12, from left), Anna Rinn and Olivia Tymkiw look on during the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Kal Lakers (and their cheering section) were honoured with a pep rally Tuesday at the school ahead of the B.C. Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships, which began Thursday, Nov. 28. The event, featuring 20 teams, wraps up with the championship game Saturday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Kal Secondary. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

The host Kalamalka Lakers, spurred on by a partisan capacity crowd and wave-inducing principal, rallied to beat the St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights of Burnaby 25-20, 24-26, 15-12 in the opening game of the B.C. High School Senior Girls AA Volleyball Championships Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kal Secondary.

The Knights, ranked eighth in the 20-team event, staved off two match points in the second game and rallied with four consecutive points for the win, forcing a third and deciding game.

St. Thomas More Collegiate led 8-5 when the teams are required to trade sides of the court in the deciding game (first to eight points), prompting Kal principal Mike Grace to get the capacity crowd (student body, staff, parents, visitors) to do the wave as the crowd cheered ‘Go Lakers Go.’

The crowd’s energy boosted the Lakers, who got the game to 14-11 in their favour. The Knights saved another match point before a ball that ricocheted around the rafters in the Kal gym on the Knights’ court, was finally played out of bounds on the third hit to give Kal the victory.

The Lakers, seeded 13th, also faced the St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints of North Vancouver (#18) and the third-ranked Pacific Christian Pacers of Victoria in pool play Thursday.

Games are also being played at Vernon Secondary and Fulton Secondary.

All 20 teams will be ranked one-through-20 following pool play as the playoffs begin Friday at 9 a.m.

The gold medal game will go Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Kal Secondary.

READ MORE: Vernon Panthers qualify for B.C. girls volleyball; Kal Lakers ready to host provincials

READ MORE: Vernon’s Seaton Sonics win fourth straight Okanagan title

BC AAA GIRLS

The Okanagan champion Seaton Sonics and wild card entry Vernon Panthers were on a collision course Thursday in Langley.

Both teams, grouped in the same round-robin pool, won their opening games Thursday. The Sonics defeated the Charles Hays Rainmakers of Prince Rupert 25-15, 25-18 while the Panthers took care of the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George, 25-23, 27-25.

The all-Vernon game was slated for 4 p.m. Thursday.

BC A GIRLS

Vernon Christian School Royals faced the Duncan Christian Chargers, Credo Christian Kodiaks of Langley and Kelowna’s Immaculata Regional Mustangs in pool play at L.V. Rogers Secondary in Nelson.

Scores had not been reported from their pool as of Thursday afternoon.

BC AA BOYS

Seaton Sonics will shoot for ninth place overall at the B.C. finals in Langley.

The Sonics fell 3-0 to the Langley Christian Lightning (25-19, 25-21, 30-28) in the round of 16 which began Thursday.

Seaton went 2-1 in pool play Wednesday. The Sonics beat the Prince Charles Bulldogs of Creston 25-21, 25-15, and swept the Alpha Aztecs of Burnaby 25-19, 25-18. Seaton lost 2-1 to the Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12.


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