By Gary Ahuja, Special to VarsityLetters.ca
LANGLEY — No. 1 ranked through the course of the regular season, Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners, made their mark hold true as the 2018 Kahunaverse Sports B.C. Volleyball Championships opened a four-day run Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.
The top-seeded Mariners went a perfect 3-0, not dropping a set in the process to lead the 20-team Triple-A portion of the draw.
Meanwhile, on the Double-A side of the draw, it was the Langley Christian Lightning, the defending champs, who played beyond their No. 3 ranking, tapping into their experience to finish on top of Pool A with three match victories on Wednesday.
A look at the day:
The Mariners did not give their opponents much of a chance as neither of their three foes could even surpass 18 points over the course of the six games. Van Tech, Moscrop and Claremont finished two-three-four to round out Pool E.
Earl Marriott was the lone No. 1 seed in the five four-team pools to emerge unscathed after day one.
The Delta Pacers won Pool F, followed by Oak Bay, Mount Baker and Mt. Boucherie.
In Pool G, Dover Bay finished first with Okanagan Mission, Kelowna and Argyle coming second through fourth, respectively.
Pool H finished in the order of Penticton, Burnaby Central, Elgin Park and Riverside while Pool K saw the fourth-ranked team, Burnaby South, win the grouping, followed by Reynolds, Seaquam and Fleetwood Park.
The action resumes on Thursday morning with four play-in games to see which teams advance to the round of 16. The quarter-finals and semifinals will both be played on Friday.
On the AA side of the draw, the two-time defending champion Langley Christian Lightning may have entered the 16-team championships as the third seed but emerged victorious on day one, winning all three of their matches to take Pool A.
George Elliott, which entered the championships as the No. 1 seed, took second in the pool, followed by College Heights and MEI.
In fact, none of the top seeds in the four pools in the AA draw, would win their quadrant on Wednesday.
Abby Christian took Pool B, followed by Surrey Christian, Richmond Christian and Kelly Road.
Pool C was won by Prince Charles, with Princess Margaret, Revelstoke and Lambrick Park taking second, third and fourth, respectively.
And St. Michael’s University won Pool D ahead of Pacific Christian. Windermere and Smithers were third and fourth.
On the day, 36 teams combined to play 54 games to open the championships.
The round of 16 gets underway Thursday morning at 9 a.m. with the quarter-finals later that day at 5 p.m.
For full results and game times, visit http://bchighschoolboysvolleyball.com/