Roadrunners players celebrate the big win in the Fraser Valley bronze medal game in Mission on Nov. 16. / Ben Lypka Photo

Roadrunners players celebrate the big win in the Fraser Valley bronze medal game in Mission on Nov. 16. / Ben Lypka Photo

Mission wins bronze

Mission gears up for volleyball provincials next week

The Mission Roadrunners senior girls volleyball team is officially heading to the AAAA provincials.

Coming off the heels of a bronze-medal showing at the senior girls AAAA Fraser Valley regionals last week, the Roadrunners ended up ranked fifth in the province and have been slotted in pool C for the AAAA provincials.

Mission squares off in a pool with Handsworth, Kelowna and North Peace at the provincials, which run Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the Langley Events Centre.

The Roadrunners finished the Fraser Valley regionals on a high note, defeating Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-15 and 25-18) in the third-place game in front of a raucous crowd inside the Mission Secondary School gym on Nov. 16.

Perhaps the turning point occurred in the third set, when Mission fell behind 5-0 early but battled back to go up 20-10 and eventually win the set.

The tournament was won by the Earl Marriott Mariners, who defeated Semiahmoo in the finals. Mission lost to the Mariners in the Fraser Valley semifinal on Nov. 15. The Roadrunners also posted wins over Maple Ridge and South Delta on Nov. 14 to reach the semifinals.

Mission plays all three round-robin provincial games on Nov. 30, with playoffs occurring Dec. 1 and medals handed out Dec. 2.