Everything’s golden for the MEI Eagles senior volleyball teams.
Both the Eagles’ senior boys and senior girls volleyball teams earned AA provincial gold over the weekend to wrap up a strong season in style.
MEI defeated Langley Fundamental 3-0 (25-13, 26-24 and 25-19) in the final in Langley on Saturday to take home the top prize. It’s the second straight year that the senior boys team has won provincials.
“This finishes the season the right way, the way we hoped it would finish,” said MEI coach Jordan Geransky.
The Eagles were led by all-star Kaden Gamache and tournament most valuable player Colton Loewen to repeat as champions. MEI had only three returnees from last year’s powerhouse — Gamache, Jared Reid and Josh Fefchak — but the trio was instrumental in the team’s success.
“Those three were so important,” Geransky said. “It’s a key to bring that experience to a very young core.”
The trio won four provincial titles in their four high school seasons, and only lost three matches during that span.
MEI finished undefeated on the season against B.C. teams, with their lone loss coming versus a Saskatchewan squad.
The senior boys have a combined record of 77-2 over the past two seasons of competitive play overall.
“We knew we had a lot of talent, but we also knew it is a really competitive province,” Geransky said. “We knew we had a pretty special group so we made the most of it.”
MEI’s Carson Bargen was also named to the tournanment’s second team all-star squad.
Earlier on Saturday in Kelowna, the MEI Eagles senior girls did the same, defeating Pacific Academy 3-2 to win AA provincial gold.
The Eagles fell behind 2-1, but then beat Pacific Academy 25-19 and 20-18 to win provincial gold.
MEI’s Ashley Huberts won most valuable player, with Janelle Loewen named a tournament first-team all-star, and Lexi Edwards named a tournament second-team all-star.
It’s the first provincial title win for the senior girls since 2010.