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.