LANGLEY — The road to the B.C. senior girls volleyball championships is just beginning, yet the road map looks a little clearer.

Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners get the nod as the preseason No. 1 in first set of B.C. AAAA rankings (all four tiers below).

Fraser Valley foe and crosstown rival Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers are sitting at No. 2 while two-time defending provincial champion Belmont Bulldogs of Victoria are No. 3.

Perennial contender South Delta Sun Devils are No. 4, while North Vancouver’s Handsworth Royals, finalists last season, sit at No. 5.

Crofton House of Vancouver tops the Triple A poll, while Vancouver’s York House and Chilliwack’s Unity Christian top the Double- and Single-A polls respectively.

Sixteen ranked teams from the province’s four tiers will be among the 44 total teams taking part in the annual UBC Mizuno Invitaitonal which runs tomorrow and Saturday at War Memorial Gymnasium.

Here’s a full look at the UBC draw

And here’s this season’s first set of rankings:

QUAD A

1 Earl Marriott

2 Lord Tweedsmuir

3 Belmont

4 South Delta

5 Handsworth

6 Oak Bay

7 Kelowna

8 Seaquam

9 Penticton

10 Mt. Baker

TRIPLE A

1 Crofton House

2 Little Flower Academy

3 Carihi

4 South Peace

5 G.W. Graham

6 Nanaimo District

7 Elgin Park

8 Prince George

9 Caledonia

10 Mark Isfeld

DOUBLE A

1 York House

2 St. Thomas Aquinas

3 Langley Christian

4 College Heights

5 MEI

6 Sa-Hali

7 Brentwood College

8 George Elliot

9 Notre Dame

10 Pacific Christian

SINGLE A

1 Unity Christian

2 Nanaimo Christian

3 Elkford

4 Kelowna Christian

5 Stratford Hall

6 Southpointe

7 Aberdeen Hall

8 Cedars Christian

9 Fernie

10 Vernon Christian

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