The Prince George Juvenile Kodiaks boys volleyball team went into their first Super Series of the season as one of the tallest teams in the province, and when they left they were also known as one of the most skilled teams in the province.
The Kodiaks, coached by Jeremy Sieb, went undefeated losing only two sets during six matches, and won the Kelowna Super Series.
“This is the best team that has come out of Prince George in years. These guys have a lot of height and are talented. These kids could go a long ways. Theoretically you can see four of these guys playing CIS if they decided to,” said Sieb. The Kodiaks won all three of their round robin games, in the power pool, against Comox Valley, Kelowna and Fraser Valley.
Kodiaks player Robert Lanenga said the team was able to come together match by match.
“Things went pretty well. We played inconsistently at times during single matches but we tended to pull together and pick up the win,” said Lanenga. “I think the win will help a lot. Now we know we’re one of the top teams in the province.”
The Kodiaks had a tough start against Kelowna in their second match of the weekend dropping the first set 25-13 but where able to regroup. “Against Kelowna we lost pretty badly the first set and then we got some really good blocks in the second set and won that one,” said Lanenga.
The Kodiaks were able to regroup against the perennial powerhouse Fraser Valley winning in three sets.
Kodiaks player Ryan Thibault said the team has a lot of strength this season.
“We’re pretty strong all around and everyone can hit the ball. We've got good blocking and our height is an advantage for us. We have some very large guys. The only downfall is our passing but once we get going on that we’re pretty much unstoppable,” said Thibault.
The Kodiaks faced off against the PGYVC U-17 boys team’s in the quarterfinal winning in straight sets before defeating Focus, out of New Westminster in the semi-final.
The Kodiaks defeated Fraser Valley in straight sets in the final, 25-17 25-15. “It was an impressive victory for our guys. At the start of the tournament we knew it was going to be a slow start and the kids were clicking on all four cylinders by the last game,” said Sieb.