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Silver lining for Langley Christian Lightning

The Langley Christian Lightning came up short in the championship finals against the Langley Fundamental Titans at the B.C. AA senior boys provincial volleyball gold medal game. - Sports Action Pictures
The Langley Christian Lightning came up short in the championship finals against the Langley Fundamental Titans at the B.C. AA senior boys provincial volleyball gold medal game.
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A repeat was not in the cards for the Langley Christian Lightning.

The senior boys volleyball team lost in an all-Langley championship final to the Langley Fundamental Titans at the B.C. high school AA volleyball championships last week at Kelowna’s UBC-Okanagan campus.

But the Lightning can take solace in the fact they beat the Okanagan Mission Huskies twice over the four-day tournament, which ran Nov. 27 to Nov. 30.

Playing in the power pool — the top four teams in the 16-team tournament — the Lightning finished fourth at 1-2, losing to Langley Fundamental and the MEI Eagles, but beating the Huskies, who despite the loss, still ranked first out of the four after pool play.

Langley Christian beat McRoberts 3-1 (25-14,25-19,19-25,25-17) in the crossover playoff round and beat Highlands 3-2 (23-25,25-13,19-25,26-24,15-9) in the quarter-finals.

And in the semifinals, they beat Okanagan Mission for the second time, this time in straight sets 3-0 (25-17,29-27,25-20) to set up the all-Langley final with the Titans.

But as has been the case all season, the Titans were too much winning 3-0 (25-21,25-18,25-23). Langley Fundamental finished a perfect 5-0 on the season against the Lightning.

Langley Christian’s Braden Heppell was also a first team all-star while Joel Hansen and Jeremy Hansma were second team all-stars. The Lightning’s Travis Muller was an honourable mention.

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