Surrey and North Delta teams earned a fistful of medals at assorted high school provincial volleyball tourneys last weekend, unfortunately none of them were gold.
The biggest upset came in Vancouver where the defending senior girls class AAA champion Seaquam Seahawks were upset 3-1 in the gold medal match by host Little Flower Academy Angels. Seaquam was ranked No. 1 all season and had not lost to an AAA team in two years heading into the provincials.
"We played phenomenal but we played our best volleyball in the quarter-finals and the semis," said Seaquam co-coach Tim Tereposky. "The best game we played all year was against Vernon but unfortunately that was the semifinals. In the finals we ran into an LFA team that had everything going their way - they were playing on their home court, they had won a couple of tight five-setters and they were battle tested.
"They may not be the best team in the province, but we did not play a team that played any better against us all year. If we were to play them again we might beat them 3-0, but not that night."
Before running into the stubborn Angels, everything had been unfolding as expected for the Seahawks. Seaquam breezed through pool play without dropping a set and then swept aside L.V. Rodgers (Nelson), Timberline (Campbell River) and Vernon to reach the finals.
Against the Angels in the title game, Seaquam won the first game but dropped a heartbreaker in the second by a count of 2927. That win sent the Angels on their way as Little Flower won the next two games to take the match and the blue championship banner.
"I don't think we peaked to soon," Tereposky said. "It seemed in the final eight and the final four that we were peaking at just the right time. We were playing by far our best volleyball of the season, we just couldn't bring it for one more game. We lost one game at AAA all year and unfortunately it was the final."
Middle blocker Nicola Laniuk and setter Leah Martin were both named to the first all-star team while right side hitter Dayna Reynolds was a second team selection. Libero Amy Davidson and left side hitter Mandelyn Erikson also played well throughout the tourney for Seaquam.
z Elsewhere, the Earl Marriott Mariners moved up in the final rankings for class AAAA girls by capturing the bronze medal at the B.C. tournament in Coquitlam.
Ranked fourth in the province heading into the B.C.s, the Mariners' only loss in Coquitlam came in the semifinals to eventual champion South Delta.
Earl Marriott won their pool and blanked North Peace 3-0 in their first playoff match. The Mariners beat host Riverside 3-1 in the quarter-finals and then pushed South Delta to the limit in the semis, losing 15-9 in the fifth and deciding set.
Earl Marriott then closed out the tourney by beating Charles Best in the bronze medal game.
"It's nice to finish in the top three and the two teams that finished ahead of us beat us all season long," said Mariners coach Mark Cassell. "The only match we lost was in the semifinals and we lost it in five games. We went in ranked fourth and came out third so we probably finished exactly where we belonged."
Mariners captain Tessa Davis was a first team all-star while middle blocker Angelica Kilberg was named to the second all-star team.
Cassell also singled out Grade 10 setter Shayla Stausgaard for her steady play in the B.C. tourney.
z In Nanaimo, North Surrey's Pacific Academy Breakers fell one game short of defending their class AA girls volleyball title.
Vernon's Kalamalka Lakers upended the Breakers 3-1 in the gold medal game to take the championship banner back to the Okanagan.
Chloe Stone and Rachel Funk were first team all-star selections while teammate Rachel Flink was a second team all-star.
Surrey Christian finished in fourth place thanks to a first team all-star performance from Rachel Windhorst.