The Langley Christian Lightning girls team heads into the Fraser Valley championships as the second seed and determined to break through.
“I think realistically, if we play our best, we can push to win Fraser Valleys,” said Lightning junior girls coach Kevin Brownlee.
“It will be tough, there are two or three teams we have battled all season long.
“(And) we haven’t quite cracked first in a tournament yet, but we are always right there.”
The Lightning head into the Fraser Valley tournament — which runs this week at Delta’s Sands Secondary and Burnsview Secondary — on a high note after capturing the Langley District junior girls volleyball title last week (Nov. 5) at the Langley Events Centre.
The Lightning defeated the Langley Saints three sets to none.
Langley Christian won the first set 25-18 and then dominated the second set, 25-8. The third set was the closest of the three, but the top-seed Lightning still won 25-21.
The Saints were the third seed during league play with a 5-2 record but upset the No. 2 Langley Fundamental Titans in the semifinals.
Both the Saints and the fourth-seed Walnut Grove Gators (4-3) will join Langley Christian at the Fraser Valley tournament.
The Gators beat the Titans in the bronze medal game at the district tournament.
Brownlee said the key for his team is hard work.
“We just work hard and want to out-work every other team we play,” he said.
“We don’t want the ball to touch our floor.”