Second place a surprise
Seeded 13th among the 16 teams competing at the Senior AA girls high school volleyball championship tournament in Nanaimo, the Pacific Academy Breakers weren’t expected to win a match in the playoff round.
But the Surrey school won three, each against higher seeds, and placed second.
The Surrey Christian Academy Falcons were also at the tournament, placing fourth.
The Breakers went 7-0 (won-lost) in the three-day competition, after placing third at the Fraser Valley championship tournament in Langley.
Pacific Academy didn’t lose a set in finishing atop Pool D, maintaining the 13th-seed into the playoffs.
The run continued with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-15 sweep of the fourth-seed Cedar Spartans of Nanaimo, and continued with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-17 win over the ninth-seed Langley Fundamental Titans.
Saturday morning, the Breakers were still on top of their game, taking out the top-seed Elphinstone Cougars of Gibsons in a semifinal match by scores of 13-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16.
Against the 10th-seed Kalamalka Lakers of Vernon, Pacific Christian never trailed, coming out on top 25-19, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23.
Rachel Funk and Chloe Stone of the Breakers were named to the first all-star team. Rachel Flink was selected to the second team.
Surrey Christian went into the tournament seeded fifth after winning the Fraser Valley championship, and maintained that standing by winning all three matches in Pool B, losing just one set while winning six.
In the playoffs, the Falcons swept David Thompson Trojans/Lakers of Vancouver/Invermere then upset the Richmond Christian Eagles in four sets to reach the semifinals.
After a 25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 23-25 loss in the semifinal round, Surrey Christian fell in the bronze medal match 24-26, 23-25 to the Elphinstone Cougars of Gibsons.
Rachel Windhorst of the Falcons, the Most Valuable Player at the Fraser Valley tournament, was named to the first all-star team.
n The Seaquam Seahawks fell one match short of defending their Senior AAA girls championship, falling 25-23, 27-29, 18-25, 16-25 in the championship match to the host Little Flower Angles in Vancouver.
After finishing atop their pool to earn the first-seed for the playoffs, Seaquam swept the L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson in the first round, and took out the Timberline Wolves of Campbell River in the quarterfinals.
Another sweep, over the Vernon Panthers, put Seaquam in a position to play for the championship.
Nicole Laniuk and Leah Martin of the Seahawks were first-team all-stars.
n The Fraser Valley champion Fraser Heights Firehawks won the bronze medal at the Senior AAA boys tournament in Kelowna.
The Firehawks dropped the first match in pool play, losing a tight three-set contest with the Oak Bay Bays. Another three-match battle saw Fraser Heights defeat Earl Marriott, but a loss to the Kelowna Owls (22-25, 25-17, 15-17), dropped the Surrey school to the third-seed for the playoff round.
The Firehawks easily took out a pair of Vancouver schools, the Magee Lions and the Eric Hamber Griffins, in the first two playoff contests, sweeping the best-of-five matches.
In a rematch with Kelowna in Friday night’s semifinal round, the Firehawks fell 15-25, 14-25, 23-25 to the Owls.
The bronze medal match against the Moscrop Lions of Burnaby went the full five sets, with Fraser Heights coming out on top 25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-12.
The Firehawks placed three players on the tournament all-star team. Irvan Brar, who also won the spike competition, was a first-team choice, with William Dichuk and Vadim Chernenko earning second-team selections.
Josiah Ahn was an honorable mention.