It’s a two-team showdown with two berths to provincials. So what’s the big deal?
With the North Central District quadruple-A girls volleyball championship tomorrow at PGSS being the final tournament to determine rankings at provincials Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 in Surrey, both the PGSS Polars and North Peace of Fort St. John won’t be taking zones lightly. Not when there’s an opportunity to create an easier path at provincials, which both teams have been eyeing all season.
“It’ll be two very hard fought matches to them,” Polars head coach Allan Tong said.
Tong credits North Peace as having a strong offensive game, with a strong leader in Grade 11 offside hitter Dana Cranston.
“They also have one dominant player for their team that got them a lot of points against us [in our tournament at PGSS last weekend],” Tong said, in reference to Cranston.
The third team in the zone championship, South Peace of Dawson Creek, is playing the role of underdog and need plenty of help to land a provincials berth.
The tournament starts as a round robin. All three teams will make the playoff round with the second and third place teams playing in a best-of-three semi-final match before the winner faces off against the first place team in the best-of-five championship match, slated for 3:15 p.m.
The PGSS Polars senior boys team is also aiming for nothing short of a zone championship when it hits the court at Kelly Road for the North Central District triple-A boys championship.
On the line at the competition is a pair of berths to provincials Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna. Also vying for a berth to provincials are Kelly Road, North Peace and South Peace.
Also at Kelly Road is the four-team girls triple-A zone championship. Hitting the court in that tournament are Duchess Park, Quesnel, Kelly Road and College Heights.
The boys and girls triple-A tournaments each feature a round robin, which begins this afternoon and ends tomorrow morning, and a playoff round tomorrow. Each playoff format is single elimination with the first place team facing the fourth place team, and second playing third. The winners of the two best-of-five semi-final matches will meet in the best-of-five championship match.
Tomorrow’s girls championship match is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. while the boys final follows at 6:30 p.m. Best-of-three bronze medal games for the boys and girls take place prior to the girls final.
The DP Todd Trojans are also at home this weekend, one of four zone competitions in town. The Trojans are hosting the five-team double-A girls zone championship today and tomorrow.
Four other teams are hitting the DP Todd Secondary School gymnasium in the competition – Nechako Valley, Correlieu, Williams Lake and Peter Skene Ogden of 100 Mile House.
Action gets underway with the first round robin game, between the Trojans and Williams Lake, slated for 1 p.m. this afternoon. The tournament wraps up with the best-of-five championship match at 4:40 p.m.
The tournament features a round robin and playoff round. The round robin begins this afternoon and ends tomorrow morning. The playoff round, which begins with one of two semi-final games tomorrow at 1 p.m., is single elimination with the winners advancing to the final and losers playing for bronze at 3:30 p.m.