Morning Star Staff
The Seaton Sonics made school history by securing a silver medal at the B.C. Senior AAA Girls Volleyball Championships Saturday at Okanagan Mission Secondary in Kelowna.
Ranked No. 5 entering the Sweet 16, the Sonics stunned top-rated Brooks Thunderbirds of Powell River 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-16) in the Saturday afternoon semifinals.
The No. 3 Little Flower Angels, who earlier held off the Sonics in preliminary play, dispatched the Sonics 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-19) in the gold-medal match Saturday night.
Second place is the highest ever finish by a Seaton senior girls volleyball team.
Sam Scott and second-team all-star Ava Haldane pushed ahead with several great kills, Ella Oduro exploded from the right side with a few blasts and Drew Barker came in the back row to help steady the defence.
“The Angels took control of the match and the Sonics fought hard but could not overcome their adversaries,” said Seaton coach Jeff Huggins.
Scott and Dana Kievit were recognized as first-team all-stars.
“We had the highest finish for a girls team in school history,” said Huggins. “The girls were delighted that Seaton grad Brittney Page, who was Team Canada’s captain until she recently retired, awarded the silver medals.”
The Sonics earned a spot in the final with a convincing victory over the Thunderbirds, controlling the entire match.
“The passing was incredible and libero Rose Harned and back row specialist Maddie Findlay-Procter were key in the defence,” said Huggins. “Ava Haldane continued to dominate the net with seven blocks.
“Sam Scott was devastating from the left side with eight kills and Dana Kievit had six kills and was fantastic at the service line. Kalli Hamilton-Gee was sensational in setting up the offence. Ella Oduro continued to pound away in the middle and Emma Haner was a force on the right side.
“The team was supported by Drew Barker, Kenzie Nieuwenhuis, injured Ellen Van Buren and an amazing manager Irene Lopez from Spain. They played their best match of the year with amazing confidence and composure.”
Seaton has four players returning next season: Kievet, Hamilton-Gee, Harned and Oduro.
“This is an amazing group of young ladies who have developed a passion for the game and demonstrated a high level of skill,” said Huggins. “They should be very proud of their accomplishments this year.”