he defending B.C. A girls champs were in fine form at 2012 edition of the UBC Okanagan Heat Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament.
The Kelowna Christian Knights took second place overall at the 40-team event held last weekend at the Kelowna campus.
KCS reached Saturday’s final where they went down to defeat 2-0 (25-19, 25-19) to Elphinstone Secondary (Gibsons).
The Knights advanced to the championship thanks to a hard-fought three-set win (25-22, 25-27, over Kalamalka in the semifinals.
The defending AAAA provincial champion Kelowna Owls took third place overall.
KSS defeated Kal 2-1 (25-14, 19-25, 15-8) in the third/fourth place match.
The Owls lost to Elphinstone in the semifinals.
The Immaculata Mustangs tied for 15th overall.
The Rutland Voodoos also had a sold tournament, defeating Prince George 2-0 to take third place in the Blue Division (17th to 32nd).
UBC Okanagan head coach Steve Manuel was impressed with the level of local talent at the annual tourney.
“This event showed the depth of talent in the Okanagan right now,” said Manuel. “With three of the top four teams being local, there are lots of great players coming through the system for the next few years, which bodes well for our UBC Okanagan Heat program. “When we look at all the teams in the Okanagan, they all have key individuals that will be able to compete at the university of college level. We will be keeping a close eye on these athletes and helping where we can with their development. Hopefully we will see several of them in Heat uniforms in the near future.”
Among the tournament all-star selections were three Knights, Micaylee Pucilowski, Kelsi Taron and Jazz Randhawa; and two Owls, Erin Konrad and Cayte Wilson.
Best of the West
Forty-eight girls teams and 40 boys teams will be in Kelowna this weekend for the KSS Best of the West volleyball tournament.
Action begins Friday at 10 a.m. KSS with the Owls girls taking on Oilfields from Camrose, Alta. At 10 a.m. at KLO, the KSS boys meet No. 1 Fraser Heights.
Playoffs begin Friday night at KSS.
Also included on the girls draw is KCS and Immaculata.
On the boys side, other local teams are KCS, OKM and Mt. Boucherie.
The bronze medal matches will be played Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the gold medal games at 5:10 p.m.