ACS Knights earn provincial silver

Strong results for junior volleyball teams at provincials

ACS players go up for a block against Revelstoke at the senior boys A provincial volleyball tournament in Abbotsford on Friday.

ACS players go up for a block against Revelstoke at the senior boys A provincial volleyball tournament in Abbotsford on Friday.

Home court wasn’t quite enough for the Abbotsford Christian Secondary Knights senior boys volleyball team.

The Knights advanced to the finals of the provincial A senior boys tournament at ACS on Saturday, but lost 3-1 in the final to Centennial Christian.

The final was a rematch of last year’s provincial final, which saw the Knights win. ACS athletic director Vince Van Dyk said it was a great final bout.

“The quality of play in the final did not disappoint,” he said. “Centennial came out strong and won the first set before the Knights fought back to take the second. The third set was close but tournament MVP Evan Veldman of Centennial Christian led his team with his tremendous all-around play to win that important set. Centennial Christian rode that momentum to claim the title by winning the fourth set.”

The tournament kicked off on Thursday, and the Knights didn’t lose a single set during round-robin play. ACS then beat Revelstoke and Kelowna in the championship round to advance to the gold medal game.

“It has been a great run for the Knights,” said Van Dyk. “In 2013 they finished second, last year they captured the gold medal, and this year won silver.”

ACS players Aaron Postma and Tyler Postma were both named first team tournament all-stars.

For more details on the tournament, visit provincials.abbotsfordchristian.com

The MEI Eagles junior girls volleyball team also earned a silver at provincials, losing to Belmont in the final in Delta on Saturday. Eagles players Teahan Boughen and Emma Gamache were both named as tournament all-stars.

Over in Kelowna at the junior boys provincials, ACS finished fourth and MEI placed fifth. Cole Brandsma and Cam Vanderveen from ACS were named to the all-star team, as well as Ethan Bucknam from MEI.