Langley Christian Lightning faces off in semifinals on Nov. 30. Paul Yates Vancouver Sports Pictures

Langley Christian Lightning battle in volleyball semifinals

The Langley Christian Lightning face the Abbotsford Christian Knights in one semifinal tonight.

AA Draw

The two-time defending champion Langley Christian Lightning are set to face the Abbotsford Christian Knights in one semifinal while the College Heights Cougars (Prince George) and George Elliot Coyotes (Lake Country) battle in the other.

Both matches are set for Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Abby Christian needed five sets but prevailed 3-2 (22-25,25-16,19-25,25-16,15-12) over their crosstown rival MEI Eagles in the quarter-finals, winning the final two sets after falling behind 2-1. The victory was also a measure of revenge for the Knights as they avenged a loss to the Eagles in the Fraser Valley semifinals earlier this month.

In the other quarter-final in that quadrant, Langley Christian made quick work of Prince George’s Kelly Road Roadrunners 3-0 (25-8,25-12,25-16) to keep their three-peat quest alive.

The Langley Christian-Abby Christian tilt is also a repeat of last year’s province title game.

George Elliot has been the province’s top team for much of the season and they shook off a loss in the first match on Wednesday to Langley Christian to win their next four, all without dropping a set.

The Coyotes won 3-0 (25-12,25-19,25-15) and now face College Heights in the other semifinal.

The Cougars were seeded second for provincials and they earned a spot in the final four with a 3-1 (25-19,25-11,23-25,25-22) win over the Surrey Christian Falcons.

AAA Draw

Seven of the top eight seeds have advanced to Friday’s quarter-final round, which kicks off on Friday with games at 9 and 11 a.m.

The top half of the draw features No. 1 Earl Marriott Mariners and the No. 8 Mount Boucherie Bears and the No. 3 Claremont Spartans vs. the No. 9 Argyle Pipers.

The bottom two quarter-finals feature the No. 2 Van Tech Talismen and the No. 6 Mt. Baker Wild and the No. 4 Moscrop Panthers vs. the No. 5 Oak Bay Barbers.

Both AAA semifinals will be played Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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