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Nov 2012 09

KSS Owls City Champs 2012

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The KSS Owls reestablished their dominance as the #1 Girls Volleyball team in Kelowna this week with a complete sweep of the city championships.  The Owls lost only one set the entire tournament. The Owls did this with multiple starting line ups that included every player that was available this week, as a number of players on the injured reserve list seemed to be growing day after day in the last two weeks.

The Owls began the tournament on Wednesday by beating Rutland Senior and OKM in two straight sets.  Tori Taneda was a standout setting her first full match for the Owls, while Captain Cayte Wilson recovered from a respiratory infection.  Middle blockers Aiden Lea and Natasha Balske dominated the net, while power hitters Kristin Watson and Katie Valgardson were very steady for KSS.  Rightside hitters Erin Konrad, Maddi Deutcher and Erica Anderson all contributed with some great kills, while the two Owl Liberos, Breanne Enright and Megan Witala completely controlled the game with some great passing and stellar defence.

On Thursday, the Owls began a bit shaky with an opening set loss to Kelowna Christian in the semifinal match.  KSS led the whole way, but the KCS Knights always seem to play their best against the Owls and pulled of the first set victory.  The Owls came back two straight sets with a terrific performance by Tori Taneda, who came in off the bench as a power hitter this time.  Tori is proving to be the most versatile player in BC and someone the Owls can count on in a variety of positions and situations.

The first set of the final match vs. Immaculata was a great back and forth battle, with the Owls taking control in the championship set.  The Owls were led by grade 12 setter, Cayte Wilson (recovering from an illness) and grade 12 power hitter Kaitlyn Valgardson, who is back playing great, despite the fact that she has been battling a number of nagging injuries this year.  The high powered KSS offence was powered by Erin Konrad on the right-side, who proved to be completely unstoppable all tournament long.  Erin is leading the team in kills, she’s a force at the net blocking, shutting down the opposition’s best hitters and her defense has improved tremendously…making her the most sought after right-side in this year’s recruiting class.   Megan Witala and Breanne Enright have been doing a fantastic job in the Libero position all season long and the Owls once again relied heavily on the two defensive gurus.  The youngest member of the Owls, Aidan Lea, proved to be the most difficult to stop.  Every time that she was set, the other teams were in dire straits, while the 6’4″ middle had double digits in the stuff block department in several matches.  Natasha Balske has been battling back from an ankle injury and she definitely raised her level of play in the last two weeks.

Next for the Owls will be the Valley Championships in Kamloops next weekend.  The undefeated Owls, the #1 seed in the Valley and the #2 ranked team in BC are the four-time defending champions and hope to keep their clean sweep of Valley league play going for another year.


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