The KSS Owls will head into the provincial boys AAA volleyball championship late this month as the top seed in both the Okanagan and all of B.C.
The No. 1-ranked Owls captured the valley title on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the rival and host Mt. Boucherie Bears in a closely-contested final.
“Both teams played very well and all the games were exciting to watch,” said Owls coach Mike Sodaro.
Owls’ power Devon Cote was named the most outstanding player at valleys, while KSS had several key efforts en route to the gold.
“Captain Liam Duncan led the Owls with his great serving and Jory Dickie’s passing
kept improving from game one to game four,” added Sodaro. “Eli Risso led the team with his great setting and hustle.”
John McParland’s Bears, who are ranked No. 4, also earned a berth at provincials thanks to their second-place showing.
The B.C. boys AAA championship will go Nov. 27 to 30 in Kelowna.
Gold for KSS girls…
The KSS Owls made it seven straight Okanagan Valley girls AAAA titles, defeating South Kamloops in Saturday’s final in Rutland.
It was a tight match from the first serve, with KSS winning in five sets, including 15-13 in the deciding game.
Libero Kennedy Snape and power hitter, Grace Freiheit were named to the tournament all-star team.
Six other Owls earned honourable mentions: Aiden Lea, Jolene Lutz, Quinci Birker, Tessa Neil, Alexa Eger and Aly Benson.
“We have a very balanced team this year,” said Owls coach Tony Sodaro.
The Owls will be in Penticton Nov. 28 to 30 for the B.C. AAAA girls championship.