Central Alberta Christian Knights capture fifth provincial high school volleyball title

The Central Alberta Christian Knights captured their fifth provincial high school volleyball championshipSaturday.

BLACK DIAMOND — The Central Alberta Christian Knights captured their fifth provincial high school volleyball championship Saturday.

The Knights, who won the 1A title in 1995 and the 3A crown in 1997, ‘98 and 2005, won the 2A title with a 25-16, 25-23 victory over Calgary Rundle College.

The final appeared as if it would go to a third set as the Knights trailed 14-19 and 20-23 before finding their rhythm.

Overall the team, which was coached by Matt Keller, Matt Andersen and Mel Brandsma, lost just one set.

They defeated Plamondon, host Oilfields, St. Joseph’s from Whitecourt, St. Mary’s of Taber and West Island College 2-0 each in their pool. They needed three sets to dispose of St. Michaels of Pincher Creek in the semifinal.

• VEGREVILLE — The Rimbey Spartans took second place in the 2A girls championships.

The Spartans lost to Spirit River in the final (score unavailable) after downing Vegreville 28-30, 25-21, 15-13 in the semifinal and Picture Butte 25-21, 25-22 in the quarter-final.

In pool play the Spartans defeated Edmonton Christian 2-1, Onoway 2-0 and Vauxhall 2-0 and lost 2-1 to Plamondon and 2-0 to Spirit River.

• CAMROSE — The Central Alberta teams didn’t fare well in the 3A provincials.

Both Camrose (3-2) and H.J. Cody of Sylvan Lake (1-4) didn’t make the playoffs on the boys’ side while Camrose and Innisfail were both 2-3 in the girls’ division and missed the playoffs.

Strathcona won the boys’ title and St. Joseph’s of Grande Prairie the girls.

• BOW ISLAND — Provost captured the girls’ title at the 1A championships while Mallaig won the boys’ crown.

Bawlf took third in the girls’ division.

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