Does being #2 mean you try harder?
It did in the old rent-a-car commercials on television. And it did this past weekend (Nov. 1-3) at G.P. Vanier as #2 AAA Oak Bay took top spot in the South Pool at the 2012 Comox Valley North/South Challenge.
Oak Bay was the top-ranked team at the senior boys high school volleyball 10-team tourney, and they showed why they are sitting near the top of the AAA rankings. Dover Bay won the North Pool. The tourney featured a crossover format between North and South teams.
The host Vanier Towhees finished third, Highland Raiders took fourth and Isfeld Ice were fifth in the North Pool. A big win for Vanier came Friday when they defeated #18 AAA Reynolds 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-19) before their home crowd.
The North/South Challenge was a foreshadow of more good senior boys volleyball action coming to the Valley. On Nov. 16-17, Vanier is hosting the AAA Islands and Highland/Isfeld are hosting the AA Islands. “We are hoping to do some co-hosting throughout the weekend,” said Vanier head coach Brian McAskill.