Surrey's Earl Marriott Mariners open the season at No. 1 in the first B.C. senior boys Triple A Top 10 rankings.The defending B.C. champion Mariners will play Friday and Saturday at the UBC Invitational. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Top 10 Volleyball Rankings: AAA No. 1 Earl Marriott & AA No. 1 MEI each on stage this weekend at 32-team UBC Invitational

LANGLEY — The Earl Marriott Mariners, who open the new B.C. Triple A senior boys campaign as the preseason No. 1 team, would love to see history repeat itself.

Last season, Surrey’s Mariners topped the Van Tech Talismen 3-0 in the B.C. AAA final at the Langley Events Centre.

A victory this season would not only give Earl Marriott a title repeat, it would bookend the back-to-back crowns the program won in 2013 and ’14.

The Mariners, along with a gaggle of other top teams, will look to round into top early-season form at the UBC Invitational set to begin its two-day run Friday at historic War Memorial Gymnasium.

The 32-team event, which wraps up Saturday, is star-studded to say the least, with the top eight AAA teams in B.C. all represented in the field.

As well, five of the top 10-ranked Double A teams will also take part, including two top Abbotsford-based teams in the form of the No. 1 MEI Eagles, and the No. 7 defending B.C.champion Abbotsford Christian Knights.

Here are the first set of rankings for the 2018-19 season courtesy of the B.C. High School Boys Volleyball Association.


1 Earl Marriott Mariners (Surrey)

2 Claremont Spartans (Victoria)

3 Mt. Boucherie Bears (Kelowna)

4 Kelowna Owls

5 Oak Bay Barbers

6 Argyle Pipers (North Vancouver) 

7 Mt. Baker Wild (Cranbrook)

8 Riverside Rapids (Port Coquitlam)

9 Seaquam Seahawks (North Delta)

10 Yale Lions (Abbotsford)

Honourable mention — Penticton Lakers, Burnaby North Vikings, Eric Hamber Griffins (Vancouver)


1 MEI Eagles (Abbotsford)

2 Langley Christian Lightning

3 College Heights Cougars (Prince George)

4 Pacific Christian Pacers (Victoria)

5 George Elliot Coyotes (Lake Country)

6 Langley Fundamental Titans

7 Abbotsford Christian Knights

8 Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay)

9 Kelly Road Roadrunners (Prince George)

10 Prince Margaret Mustangs (Penticton)

Honourable mention — Duchess Park Condors (Prince George), McRoberts Strikers (Richmond), St. Michaels University School Blue Jags


1 Vernon Christian Royals

2 Centennial Christian Seahawks(Terrace)

3 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley)

4 Kelowna Christian Knights

5 Mt. Sentinel Wildcats (South Slocan)

6 Cedars Christian Eagles (Prince George)

7 St. Andrews Sabres (Victoria)

8 Ebenezer Canadian Reformed Auroras (Smithers)

9 Unity Christian Flames(Chilliwack)

10 Fernie Falcons

Honourable mention — Vancouver Christian Phoenix, Chetwynd Cavaliers

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