Guildford Park’s Alannah Vetterl dives during last year’s PAN Classic.

PAN Classic volleyball tournament back on the court

Girls volleyball tournament will feature province’s best, beginning Friday

Action is expected to be fierce on volleyball courts around South Surrey this weekend, as some of the best high-school players in the country get set for the Peace Arch News Classic.

The 28-team senior girls tournament – “That’s as big as we’ve ever had it,” said organizer Gord Houchen – begins Friday afternoon, with games set for Earl Marriott, Semiahmoo and Elgin Park secondaries.

The championship game will be played Saurday, 6 p.m. at Semiahmoo. As for which two teams will be playing in that final – that’s anyone’s guess.

The PAN Classic usually draws some of B.C.’s top-ranked sides, and this year is no exception. Among those set to take part are a slew of quad-A senior girls teams ranked inside the provincial top 10 – Elgin Park, North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers and Courtenay’s G.P. Vanier Towhees – as well as triple-A contenders from Seaquam and Clayton Heights.

The White Rock Christian Academy Warriors and Richmond Christian Eagles, ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, in single-A, are also in the mix for the PAN title.

Last year’s tournament was won by Elphinstone Secondary, but the Gibsons school won’t be back to defend their title this year.

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