The Kelowna KaPow couldn’t have chosen a better time for their first win of the season over the Fraser Valley Volleyball Club Agoge.
KaPow knocked off FVVC for the first time in four tries on Sunday in Richmond to win the Volleyball B.C. U18 boys’ provincial club championship.
The Kelowna Volleyball Club squad didn’t open the final on the right foot, losing 25-15 to FVVC.
In the second set, KaPow was in trouble again but rallied back for a 25-23 win.
Then in the third and final set, with the title in sight, KaPow dominated for a 15-7 win and the B.C. title.
Devon Cote was named the tournament’s MVP while Sam Taylor-Parks were named to the tournament’s all-star team.
The KaPow, who first came together under coaches Paul Thiessen, Dave Risso and Doug Meraw at the U13 level, won five of six matches at the provincial tournament.
It was the second consecutive B.C. crown for the local U18 program, although most of the faces on this year’s team were in their first season.
“For team KaPow this was a defining moment as almost all of the players had never finished in a B.C. championship as the winner,” said coach Paul Thiessen.
“Many have come close so many times only to be denied in the final. This was a chance to rid those demons out of their mindset and believe that all things are possible when you believe and work hard together to achieve a common goal.”
Next month, the KaPow will represent B.C in Calgary at the Volleyball Canada club championship.
Kelowna Kaos wins gold…
The Kelowna Kaos girls won the gold medal in Division 2 of the U17 tournament at the Volleyball B.C. club championship in Richmond.
The Kaos, coached by Rob Smith, defeated the Mill Bay Shock in straight sets 25-20 and 25-16 in Sunday’s final.
The Kaos won six straight matches to earn the title, while not losing a single set.
In U17 girls Division 1, the Junior Heat team from Kelowna won the bronze medal.
The Heat downed Seaside Surf 2-1 (19-25, 25-15, and 15-11) in the third-place game.