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Silver lining for Langley Christian Lightning
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.