The MEI senior boys volleyball team is, so far, continuing the school’s trend of excellence in the sport.
With all but three players graduating last year from its provincial championship squad, the team has reloaded for 2015, and thanks to a strong group of Grade 11s, they are off to a hot start.
The team is 4-0 in league and ranked first in the province. They also went undefeated in their opening tournament, which included all the top-ranked AA and AAA teams in British Columbia. This past weekend, the Eagles finished second in the Panther International Volleyball tournament in Spruce Grove, Alta.
This PIV tournament showing was significant as only the top-ranked teams from the western provinces and elite club teams from Europe are invited.
Last year’s Eagles won the tournament and in the 20-year history of the tournament, no defending champion had even reached the final in subsequent years. After defeating teams from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in pool play, the Eagles faced a team from Norway that was also undefeated, prevailing 15-9 in the decisive third set.
The Eagles then defeated the top-ranked team from Alberta, William Aberhart, in the semi-final setting up a final against the top ranked team from Saskatchewan. Despite battling for every point, the Eagles ended up falling 25-23, 25-22 to earn the silver medal.
This weekend the team travels to Kelowna for the Best of the West tournament which has 44 teams from around Western Canada vying for the title.