The Vernon Velociraptors U16 boys volleyball team won the Canadian West Open Division 2 championships in Calgary, sweeping the NAVC Gold Bears 2-0 (25-20, 25-18) of Edmonton in Sunday’s final.
Going into provincials ranked fourth, the Raptors placed a disappointing ninth, but regrouped and focused on their Division 2 placement and set a goal of winning.
In Day 1 pool play, Vernon defeated East Kootenay Volleyball Club of Kimberley, Peak of Okotoks, and the Green Bears of Edmonton. In Day 2 pool play, the Raptors defeated Prince George, Apex Predators of Vancouver and the NOOKS White of Edmonton.
Vernon knocked out the Peak and NAVC Green in the playoffs before stopping the Gold Bears.
Said coaches Richard Bedard and Fane Triggs: “It was a total team effort this weekend with all the boys playing and stepping up. It was great to see some of them play their best ball of the season. Our provincial showing was not what we wanted, but this national showing ended our season on a perfect note.”
The Raptors: Danny Aspenlieder, Jordy Barr, Bryn Bedard and Landon Currie from Fulton; Troy Atkinson, Adam Roemer and Avery Triggs from Seaton; Caleb Haberstock from Vernon Christian; and Eric Embleton, Landon Matties and Sean Morgan from VSS.