The Kelowna K’Pow capped off a memorable season of volleyball with a silver medal performance at the Canadian U18 boys club championship last weekend in Edmonton.
Two weeks after claiming gold at the B.C. finals, the Kelowna Volleyball Club team was in fine form at the national championship, as the local boys went on a serious playoff run.
K’Pow defeated London 2-1 in the quarterfinals, then downed Manitoba’s top seed in the semi finals two straight.
This put Kelowna on a collision course with Ontario’s No. 1 team, the Durham Attack, who had one of the most dominant athletes in the whole event.
He was 6-foot-7, 260 pounds with a jump that could reach 11 feet, 10 inches.
KVC lost a close game one 25-23, but rebounded with strong defense in the second game.
One rally went on for about 40 seconds and included some key digs by Isaac Smit and Jory Dickie and ended with a monster block by Adam Kern. K’Pow went on for a convincing 25-14 in Game.
In the deciding game, K’Pow fell behind early and tried to claw back into the match. With Durham Attack leading 13-9, KVC closed the gap on a couple great attacks by Devon Cote and a Cole Hanson block to make it 14-12. On the final point, the Kelowna boys were stuff blocked and ball hit the floor.
Head coach Paul Thiessen reflected on a what he called an “amazing season” for the K’Pow.
“For the boys to take home a medal at the end of it says a lot,” Thiessen said. “No other B.C. men’s team made the finals of the top two tiers. The boys have improved so much from lessons learned. We hit almost every goal we set, the support from all the parents was outstanding.
“The most important thing is all the wonderful memories, friendships and stories they will have to tell for years to come.”