Smithers Gryphons vs Langley Fundamental during day one play at the B.C. high school provincial AA volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre.                                 John Morrow photo

Smithers Gryphons vs Langley Fundamental during day one play at the B.C. high school provincial AA volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. John Morrow photo

Gryphons leave mark at provincials

Smithers Secondary Gryphons boys volleyball squad went to the provincial championships.

While the Smithers Secondary Gryphons boys volleyball squad went to the provincial championships as relative unknowns, they left their mark as a feisty squad that wouldn’t give up whatever the odds.

While they lost all of their matches, according to coach Cheryl Becker, “they grew as a team and as individuals.”

Becker said that the highlight of the competition was their match against Langley Christian, the number one ranked squad in the AA division.

The first set was an eye opener to Langley as the Gryphons pushed them to the limit and edged them 25 -21.

“Our play was well-rounded and defensive coverage and passing was outstanding. We had consistend serving and we had some great kills,” said Becker.

“It has been a great season for the boys with a great deal of skill development in all the players. It can be difficult coming down and playing against such high calibre opponents but the boys responded with a fierce attitude to compete and great sportsmanship. I couldn’t be prouder of this team and these players,” she said.

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