They may have lost the first three head-to-head match-ups this season, but the Credo Christian Kodiaks were determined not to let their long run atop the Fraser Valley end in 2015.
The Kodiaks were down one set to zero against the rival Abbotsford Christian Knights in the Fraser Valley 1A senior boys volleyball championship game.
The game was played at Abbotsford Christian School on Nov. 18 with the Knights the top seed and the Kodiaks ranked second.
And not only was the gold medal at stake, but so too was the Kodiaks string of 10 consecutive Fraser Valley banners.
You can make that 11 now.
The Kodiaks won the next three sets to defeat the Knights for the first time this season.
“Winning the Fraser Valley title was a pretty big deal,” said Credo coach Stanley De Haan.
“We didn’t want to be the ones to break the streak.”
Setter Nathan Vandergriendt earned most valuable player honours while Spencer Pruim (middle) and Seth Vandergugten (power) were named all-stars.
Before the match, De Haan said his message was simple.
“I just told them to play a clean game and we will be fine,” he said. “And enjoy it. Just have some fun.”
The season hasn’t been the smoothest of rides.
“We have had our ups and downs; sometimes we are on, sometimes we are off,” he said.
“But we have definitely been getting better as the season goes on.”
Credo Christian doesn’t have much time to rest on their laurels of yet another Fraser Valley banner as they return to Abbotsford Christian for the B.C. 1A provincial championships. The tournament runs Nov. 26 to 28 and the Kodiaks look to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish.