Titans take second at Valley championships

Despite just eight players, the Langley Fundamental Titans placed second at the Fraser Valley volleyball championships

While some teams may be disappointed with a second-place finish, that is not the case with the Langley Fundamental Titans.

“At the beginning of the year, I never would have dreamed we would be playing in the Fraser Valley final,” said Titans coach Laura O’Reilly.

“So we are not disappointed at all.”

The Titans were up 2-1 but dropped the final two sets to the Surrey Christian Falcons in the gold medal game for the senior girls AA Fraser Valley championships.

It was played Nov. 14 at the Langley Events Centre.

The Falcons won the first set 25-23 but the Titans responded to win sets two and three 25-19 and 25-23. Surrey Christian stayed alive with a 25-20 win in the fourth set and then blew away the Titans 15-6 in the deciding set.

“This was really an off day of us,” O’Reilly said. “It wasn’t our best today.

“The girls just didn’t have it in them and they normally do, but that’s okay, I am not disappointed.”

Both teams make the provincial championships as do the third-place finisher Pacific Academy Breakers.

The Breakers and the Falcons were both 15-1 during the regular season while the Titans were third at 12-4.

But in the Fraser Valley semifinals, Langley Fundamental knocked off Pacific Academy.

The fact the team is moving on to the B.C. championships is quite the feat considering the Titans have a smaller roster than most of their opponents.

“We have eight (players) on a good day,” O’Reilly said.

“We played with five players for one league game.”

The team forged a mentality of togetherness.

“Our motto this year is together we are stronger,” the coach said.

“We don’t have some of the big numbers that other schools do, but we just thought we are going to press in.

“I have been with these girls for four years, so I know what makes them tick. They encourage each other like crazy and they are not afraid to hit the floor and work hard.”

Brie O’Reilly and Ali Johnson were named to the Fraser Valley all-star team.

The provincial championships run Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at Invermere’s David Thompson Secondary.

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