MEI right side Jordan Schmidt keeps his eye on the ball during the Fraser Valley AA final at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday. The Eagles won gold

MEI right side Jordan Schmidt keeps his eye on the ball during the Fraser Valley AA final at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday. The Eagles won gold

Eagles boys win Fraser Valley volleyball title, girls take silver

Jordan Geransky's head coaching job with the MEI senior boys volleyball team has come with an unexpected medical crash course.

For Jordan Geransky, taking on the head coaching duties with the Mennonite Educational Institute senior boys volleyball team this fall has come with a rather unexpected medical crash course.

From the start of the season until just recently, the Eagles were missing multiple key players due to injury. No sooner would one return, than another would get dinged up – an epidemic of broken fingers, dislocated shoulders, back problems and rolled ankles, capped by a nasty flu bug which tore through the team a couple weeks back.

“Every practice, I’m hearing something new I need to learn, or seeing some new exercise a kid is doing for rehab,” Geransky said with a chuckle. “It’s definitely been enlightening.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before (injury-wise). It’s been a crazy season that way – a lot of adversity.”

MEI’s provincial ranking has fluctuated as a result – they’ve yo-yoed between No. 1 and No. 3 in the AA poll, currently occupying the third slot behind Langley Christian and Duchess Park of Prince George.

But just in the nick of time, the Eagles are suddenly looking hale and hardy. On Wednesday, they knocked off top-ranked Langley Christian in four sets (25-21, 20-25, 25-12, 25-18) in the Fraser Valley championship game. It was the first time all season their projected starting lineup has been together for a game.

Setter Caleb Konrad was tournament MVP, while left side Ben Lieuwen and libero Daniel Duncombe earned all-star nods.

“We were able to kind of fire on all cylinders for the first time, which is pretty exciting for us,” said Geransky, whose team had been 1-1 in league play against Langley Christian prior to Wednesday.

“We served the ball really aggressively, and our block had the opportunity to set up. We had a pretty good game plan, and our attackers finally found a rhythm, which has been our struggle all year. They were really efficient.”

The provincial championships run Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna, and MEI will be in the mix for the top seed, along with Duchess Park.

They’ll be well-positioned to extend a remarkable dynasty. Over the past 10 years, the Eagles boys have won eight AA provincial titles, and the only two seasons where they didn’t climb to the top step of the podium, they claimed silver (2004) and bronze (2010).

“It’s pretty exciting what we might be able to do at provincials,” Geransky said. “This group definitely has enough talent.”


The MEI senior girls also battled their way to their Fraser Valley title game, where they dropped a four-set decision to the Seaquam Seahawks of North Delta in the AAA final.

The Seahawks are the No. 1-ranked AAA team in the province and the defending B.C. champs, but the No. 6-ranked Eagles showed some spark in rallying from a 19-12 deficit to win the second set and tie the match. Seaquam closed things out by winning the next two sets, though.

“We started off shaky in the first set – I think we were getting some nerves out,” MEI coach Andrea McAllister analyzed. “But I think we showed it’s definitely not impossible to beat them. Since they’re the No. 1 team, I think it got our girls fired up.

“Overall, we showed a lot of character.”

Two MEI players cracked the tourney all-star team – setter Mikayla Marazzi and right side Tessa Ratzlaff.

The Eagles girls head to AAA provincials Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at Croften House School and Little Flower Academy in Vancouver.


The MEI junior boys volleyball team takes on some big-time hosting duties next week, as the Grade 10 provincial tourney takes over the Abbotsford school.

The tournament runs Nov. 22-24 at all four gyms on the MEI campus, culminating on Saturday with the bronze (12:45 p.m.) and gold (2 p.m.) medal games at the middle school.

For more information, click here.

Just Posted

Woody’s RV World hosts a grand opening for its brand-new Abbotsford location on Saturday. (YouTube)
Woody’s RV World hosts Abbotsford grand opening on Saturday

First-ever B.C. location for successful RV chain, located on Marshall Road

Langley’s Coral Hamade and Alberta’s Ella Gifford have signed with the UFV Cascades women’s golf program. (Submitted)
Langley’s Coral Hamade, Alberta’s Ella Gifford sign with UFV Cascades golf

First-ever Cascades Scholarship Golf Tournament set for Thursday at Chilliwack Golf Club

Mackenzie Byers of Abbotsford is the valedictorian for the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Abbotsford woman is valedictorian of TRU school of nursing

Mackenzie Byers is graduating from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops

Harrison Hot Springs country singer Todd Richard poses for a photo with Mission firefighters. (Photo/Sarah Plawutski)
VIDEO: Harrison country artist Todd Richard plans for a busy, rockin’ summer

Richard and his band look to live shows as restrictions start to lift

Special weather statement issued for Fraser Valley as first summer heat arrives June 20, 2021, and set to persist all week. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)
Second day of hot temperatures rippling across Fraser Valley

Communities from Abbotsford to Hope will see daytime high maximum temps of 32 degrees

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Coquihalla to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation is providing $1 million in funding to upgrade 3 rest areas

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Emergency crews shut down White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 following an assault. (File photo)
Trial underway in February 2020 death of White Rock senior

Ross Banner charged with manslaughter following Five Corners altercation

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read