North Vancouver's Handsworth Royals jump for joy after securing a berth in the B.C. Quad-A semifinals on Saturday morning at the LEC. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls Quad-A/Triple-A Volleyball championships: Eight teams still standing heading into Saturday morning Final Four at the LEC

By Gary Ahuja

Langley Event Centre

LANGLEY — While the Triple A draw here at the B.C.  Secondary Schools senior girls volleyball championships has stuck to form with the top four seeds all remaining alive, the same can’t be said for a Quad A draw which has seen its share of upsets.

After two days of play at the Langley Events Centre, the No. 5 Handsworth Royals of North Vancouver, and Surrey’s No. 8 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers have each crashed the party and will take part Saturday’s Final Four provincial semifinals.

The Royals are set to face the top-seed Kelowna Owls while the Panthers get the second-ranked Lord Byng Grey Ghosts of Vancouver in matches set for dual 11 a.m. first serves.

The Triple A Final Four draw features Vancouver’s No. 1 Little Flower Academy Angels against Vernon’s No. 4 W.L Seaton Sonics, and Campbell River’s No. 2 Carihi Tyees against Fort St. John’s No. 3 Dawson Creek Penguins. Both matches begin at 9 a.m.


The Little Flower Academy Angels swept both their Sweet 16 and quarterfinal matches, taking out Prince Rupert’s Charles Hays Rainmakers (25-9, 25-9, 25-15) and Richmond R.A. McMath Wildcats (25-15, 25-17, 25-11).

W.L. Seaton won 3-1 (21-25,25-13,25-17,25-20) over the Hugh McRoberts Strikers of Richmond, then won 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-20) win over Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies.

The third-seed Dawson Creek Penguins did not drop a set on Friday with a 3-0 (25-11,25-10,25-13) over the Stelly’s Stingers and 3-0 (25-17,25-17,25-9) against the Vernon Panthers.

And the Carihi Tyees also rolled to back-to-back 3-0 victories over Surrey’s Salish Wolves (25-16,25-14,25-12) and Prince George’s Duchess Park Condors (25-20,25-19,25-21).

Lord Tweedsmuir’s Alysha Goundrey (centre, 13) celebrates a point along with the rest of her Panthers’ teammates as the Cloverdale squad punched ints Final Four tickets Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)


The Kelowna Owls won 3-0 (25-13,25-15,25-9) over the Terry Fox Ravens in the round of 16 and followed that up with another 3-0 (25-23,25-12,25-20) victory over the Mission Roadrunners in the quarterfinals.

Their semifinal opponent, the fifth-ranked Handsworth Royals, upset the No. 4 Semiahmoo Totems of Surrey 3-1 (25-23,8-25,25-23,26-24). The Royals defeated North Delta’s Seaquam Seahawks 3-0 (25-16,25-23,25-15) in the round of 16.

Lord Tweedsmuir won 3-0 (25-14,25-17,25-16) over the Burnaby Central Wildcats before a 3-1 (25-8,25-11,24-26,25-20) win over PoCo’s Riverside Rapids to earn their spot in the final four.

And the second-ranked Lord Byng Grey Ghosts posted back-to-back 3-1 wins over a pair of Victoria schools. The Ghosts beat the Oak Bay Breakers (22-25,25-16,25-19,25-18) and the Claremont Spartans (25-20,25-23,20-25,25-10).

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