Morning Star Staff
The Seaton Sonics claimed silver in the KSS Owls Best of the West Junior Girls Volleyball Tournament, falling 25-18, 25-23 to the Mt. Boucherie Bears in Saturday’s final.
Seaton stopped the McMath Wildcats of Richmond in the semifinals, taking Game 3 15-13.
Rose Harned was a passing machine and helped key the defence. Setters Callie Hamilton-Gee and Mason Christensen worked tirelessly all weekend to move the ball all over .
The Sonics started with victories over Mt. Boucherie (16-25,25-17, 15-12) and Pen Hi Lakers (25-14, 25-20).
Seaton opened the playoff round by brushing back the Okanagan Mission Huskies 26-24, 25-18. Dana Kievit supplied several huge kills and Ella Odura was serving strong.
The Sonics then dispatched the KLO Cougars of Kelowna in straight sets (25-15, 25-14). Power hitter Alyssa Racine was a force to be reckoned with as she sliced the defence with several huge kills throughout the day.
Racine was named Seaton’s MVP and a tourney all-star for her incredibly consistent serving, crushing hits and nerves of steel.
Gabby Triggs was a serving machine who helped the Sonics score more points during her service than any other rotation.
Coaches Jeff Huggins and Kendra Kryszak were very happy with the poise and intensity that the girls demonstrated.
Next up for Seaton will be the North Zone Championships, hosted by Kalamalka on Thursday night.
Seaton enters the North Zone Championships as the No. 1 seed and will have a bye into the semi-finals.
In other action, the Seaton junior boys had a very good showing of their own at the 16-team junior boys Best of the West.
The Sonics started strong with straight-set wins over Pen-Hi (25-20, 25-22) and the host Owls (25-21, 25-18) in power pool play Friday night.
Seaton’s only loss in pool play came in a thrilling three-set marathon to eventual bronze-medalist George Elliot Coyotes of Lake Country (22-25, 25-15, 13-15).
After finishing first in their power pool, the Sonics bowed in three to Pen-Hi Grade 9s (18-25, 25-12, 13-15).
In consolation play on Saturday, Seaton won both matches in straight sets over Constable Neil Bruce and the MEI Grade 9s, finishing ninth overall.
The Seaton senior boys, led by all-star power hitter Troy Atkinson, open the George Elliot Coyote Classic Friday in a pool with Langley Christian Lightning and Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops. The Sonics, who are coached by Fane Triggs and Dave Roemer, hope to return to the B.Cs after placing 11th last year.