KSS Owls senior girls look to capture first ever BC volleyball crown

Powerhouse team captures valleys last weekend with solid team effort

The Kelowna Secondary School Owls have a firm grasp on the Okanagan Valley senior girls volleyball title.

Now they will go hunting for their first ever senior girls AAAA provincial volleyball championship.

The Owls won their fourth straight Okanagan Valley championship last weekend, beating Mount Boucherie in straight sets in the semi-final before rolling over Penticton in three sets in the valley final.

It was a true team effort by the talented team, that has been a powerhouse all season long.

“We did this with multiple starting lineups and a multitude of substitutions that ensured every KSS player got a chance to contribute to the championship,” said coach Tony Sodaro.

Grade 12 power hitter Hillary Schell led the way offensively, pounding the ball without mercy through the valleys as well as providing a strong defensive presence for KSS.

Grade 11 setter Cayte Wilson orchestrated the offence, playing what Sodaro called the best tournament of her career, while fellow setter Tori Taneda also set the table for the KSS power hitters.

Liberos Megan Witala and Alia McLure both did a great job as defensive specialists while Grade 11 standouts Katie Valgardson and Erin Knorad were great at the net with a combination of power hitting and blocking.

Amanda Hait, McCall Capozzzi and Natasha Balske all contributed with big kills, nice blocks and solid serving while Mackenzie Reynolds and Breeanne Enright were excellent coming off the bench to help the Owls great back court defense.

The Owls will now head to the senior girls AAAA provincials as the fifth ranked team in B.C. The tournament will be hosted by Handsworth out of North Vancouver Nov. 30 to Dec. 3

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The Kelowna Owls will be the Okanagan’s top seed heading into next week’s B.C. AAA boys high school volleyball championship in Kelowna.

KSS claimed the valley title last weekend at Norkam Secondary with a dramatic come-from-behind final game victory over the Pen Hi Lakers.

The Owls emerged victorious in five sets (20-25, 20-25, 25-22, 31-29, 15-13).

“Tyler Pomietlarz and Liam Birker set a strong match and led us in our comeback,” said Owls coach Mike Sodaro. “Jory Dickie came off the bench to play libero and did an excellent job on defense. Ty Cambell and Mitch Goodwin played strong games to help the team solidify its attack and passing.”

The Owls are ranked No. 4 heading into the provincial championship, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at UBC Okanagan and several high schools throughout the city.

KSS will be joined as Okanagan reps by the Lakers and Mt. Boucherie Bears who finished third at valleys.

The Bears defeated Rutland 3-0 (25-10; 25-17; 25-16) in the third/fourth place game.

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