Tucker tops BCCAA

  • Feb. 25, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Vernon’s Preston Tucker and the No. 1 ranked UBC Okanagan Heat open the B.C. Colleges Athletic Association men’s volleyball championships tonight at their home gym.

The Heat meet the winner of Vancouver Island Mariners and Cranbrook’s College of the Rockies Avalanche, who met Thursday, at 8 p.m.

The Douglas College Royals of New Westminster await the winner of Columbia Bible College Concords and Fraser Valley Cascades of Abbotsford for a 3 p.m. semifinal today.

UBC Okanagan clinched its second consecutive and third overall BCCAA league title at 18-9 overall and 13-1 in league play. 

Tucker, a fourth-year setter, was named BCCAA Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Star. 

Greg Niemantsverdriet, a second-year outside hitter, also of Vernon, and third-year Nate Speijer also made the all-star squad, while freshman Colten Litwin was selected to the All-Rookie Team.

Outside hitters Jordan Young and Cailen Lochhead, both of Vernon, are Heat rookies.

The gold-medal match goes Saturday at 8 p.m. All tickets for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals must be purchased at UBCO Gym at the time of the match.  All tickets are day passes and are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and youth.  Children 12 and under and UBC Okanagan students are free.