It won’t take the Kelowna Owls long to find out where they stand with the rest of the top teams in the province.
The fourth-ranked KSS squad will play each of the top three schools in power pool action on Wednesday to open the B.C. AAA boys volleyball championship in Kelowna.
The Owls will see No. 2 Fraser Heights at 10 a.m. and No. 1 Oak Bay at 12:30 p.m. at KSS, followed by No. 3 Earl Marriot at 3 p.m. at UBCO.
“We’re going to get some good, competitive matches early in the tournament,” said Owls coach Mike Sodaro. “I think it’s good, the boys might as well be exposed to it right away because those are the teams you’re going to have to beat to win a medal anyway.”
The Owls are led by power hitters Mitch Goodwin and Ty Campbell, and setter Liam Birker.
Best of all, KSS isn’t hindered by the injury bug like they have been most of the season.
“We’re finally healthy,” added Sodaro, “and the guys are ready to go.”
Meanwhile, John McParland’s Mt. Boucherie Bears head into provincials ranked ninth among the 16 AAA teams.
The Bears are in a pool with Kelly Road, Eric Hamber and Semiamhoo, with their first two matches to be played at Boucherie.
Following pool play on Wednesday, the 16 AAA teams will be re-ranked accordingly for the start of the playoffs on Thursday.
The semifinals are set for Friday night at 8:15, with the winners to meet in the AAA gold medal match Saturday at 7:45 at UBCO.
Chris Frehlick’s George Elliot Coyotes head into the 2A boys championship ranked sixth in the province. GES is in a pool with Abbotsford Christian, Clarence Fulton, and Highland.
The Okanagan Mission Huskies are ranked 12th.
The top ranked team in AA is MEI from Abbotsford. The Eagles have won seven of the last nine provincial titles.
The AA boys final goes at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at UBCO.
The Kelowna Christian Knights head into the A boys championship ranked second in B.C., while the Immaculata Mustangs check in at No. 10.
With no Grade 12 players on the roster, the Knights are as young as they come in high school boys volleyball. Still, youth doesn’t shake Dave Bingham’s confidence in his team.
“They are a tall, athletic group with a good work ethic and who really enjoy the game,” said Bingham, the Knights coach.
“The boys use a balanced attack, aggressive serving, and good floor coverage to achieve success.”
The A boys gold medal match goes at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at UBCO.