The Langley Fundamental Middle & Secondary Schoolâ€™s junior boys volleyball team has capped a fantastic season with a B.C. title victory.
In an all-Langley final, the Titans defeated the Langley Christian Lightning in four sets to win the provincial tournament in West Kelowna this past weekend (Nov. 20-22).
Scores in the title game were 25-14, 25-23, 16-25, and 25-19.
To get to Saturdayâ€™s final at Mount Boucherie Secondary, the Titans swept Abbotsfordâ€™s MEI Eagles in two sets, in one of two semifinals played earlier that day.
Langley Christian downed Deltaâ€™s Seaquam in two sets in the other semifinal.
Winning the B.C. championship was the pinnacle of a season that saw the Titans win the Fraser Valley championship at Earl Marriot Secondary in Surrey, with a two-set victory over Pacific Academy in the championship contest.
Middle Phil Stahl made his biggest impact in the provincial semifinal and final games, and was named tournament MVP.
â€œHe was very dominant in the semis and in the final,â€ Titans head coach Dan Johnson said.
Also having strong B.C. tournaments were left side/power Max Heppell and centre Zech Johnson, both of whom were named named first team all-stars.
â€œThey played very, very well throughout the tournament,â€ Johnson said, of Heppell and Johnson.
For Langley Christian, Parker Heppell was a first team all-star.
His Lightning teammate Brodie Hofer earned a second all-star team selection.
Langley Christianâ€™s Brandon Visscher got the nod as the tournamentâ€™s Most Valuable Libero.
Momentum built up for the Titans going into the B.C. championships.
They had won the M.E.I. tournament and captured the Langley district title (beating Langley Christian) heading into the Fraser Valleys.
Helping ease the pressure going into the B.C. championships was the fact that the Titans lost to MEI in the provincial semifinals last year.
â€œThat experience, I think they drew from,â€ Johnson said. â€œYes we were tight with anticipation but we were not too nervous.â€
The Titans had to battle past an extremely strong Langley Christian squad to capture the championship, Johnson added.