B.C.’s top-ranked KSS Owls will be among the favourites for this weekend’s UBC Okanagan senior girls volleyball tournament.
The Owls, who are No. 1 at the AAAA level, are one of 44 teams at the annual Ogopogo tournament, with games to run Friday and Saturday at UBCO, George Elliot, Rutland and Immaculata.
Also competing are the Immaculata Mustangs, the top-ranked and defending B.C. A champs, as well as Mt. Bocuherie, George Elliot, OKM, Rutland and Kelowna Christian.
The finals are set for 3:50 on Saturday at UBCO.
KSS is coming off another strong effort at the Trinity Western University Tournament
in Langley last weekend.
On Friday, the Owls defeated Elgin Park and Surrey Christian in pool play, before losing to Pacific Academy, the top team in AA.
The Owls were led by middle blocker Sadie Taylor Parks who dominated the front row, along with libero Denika Widmer, who was stellar on defense in the back row.
“KSS setter Brooklyn Norman and right side hitter Sarah Watson proved to be a very dangerous combination all day on Friday,” said Owls coach Tony Sodaro.
On Saturday, KSS ousted Cochrane, Alta. in straight sets, then defeated Handsworth (No. 5 in AAAA) two sets to one in the quarterfinals.
“Power hitters Quinci Birker and Janel Filipiak had their best matches of the year with terrific passing and very steady blocking and spiking,” said Sodaro.
In the semis against Pacific Academy, KSS fell 25-23 in the opening game, before rebounding for a 25-23 win in the second. It was the first loss of the season for PA.
But the Owls ran out of answers in the deciding set and were eliminated.
“The win (in the second game) did come with some bruises, as starting power hitter Janel Filipiak tore a deltoid muscle and the Owls were unable to scramble for the win in set 3,” Sodaro said. “Jayne Reid was very steady on the right side all day Saturday, and she finished very strong as a power hitter as well.
“The Owls also relied on senior Sam Temme and Sandy Kent who both played multiple positions for the Owls all weekend long.”