Pro champion Marty Donatelli with a spike kill in the final.

Pro champion Marty Donatelli with a spike kill in the final.

Keg season starts with tight finals

Competitive division decided in tie-breaker

Fiercely contested finals marked the opening tournament of the Keg Summer volleyball series.

The Keg Season Opener Reverse Doubles tournament was held at Reynold’s Park on July 17. It was the first tournament of the season for the Keg Summer Volleyball Series. In the battle of the sexes format, men spike behind a three-metre line while women may spike from anywhere. Teams were entered at two men, two women or mixed. There were two skill divisions — Pro and Competitive.

The competition was fierce and each of the finals were closely contested.

Marty Donatelli and Sarah Watchhorn snagged the Pro Division title with an exciting 21-18; 25-23 win over Wes Bertsch and Sven Bornemann. Watchhorn recently arrived from Grande Prairie where she played college volleyball. Donatelli was the former coach of the Camosun women’s program and one of the most successful competitors on the outdoor volleyball circuit.

The final match featured spectacular digs and powerful spiking and could have gone either way with both teams exchanging leads. In the end, the Donatelli/Watchhorn team won  crucial points to seal the win.

Finishing third in the pro division was the team of Wes Lefrsrud and Kim Howell who won the bronze medal match with a three-set tie-breaker win over Adam Vose and Russ Leedham.

The Competitive division was also an exciting final match that went to a three-set tiebreaker. After losing the first game by a 19-21 score, the team of Mike Anderson and Joel Mryglod stormed back to win the next game 21-17. They carried the winning momentum into the 15-point tie-breaker and won the final game 15-10 over the team of Mike Hull and Brennan Phillips.

Dustin Rahier and Windsor Wong won the bronze medal match over Josh Coutts and Morgan Klieber.

After 25 years, this will be the final season for the Keg Summer volleyball series. The final two tournaments of the series will be the Richardson Foods Group Tournament on Aug. 14 and the Domino’s Doubles tournament on Aug. 28.

For registration or information email Lorne Chan at spike99@shaw.ca or phone 250-812-2708.