Collectively and emphatically, the River East Kodiaks say 35 years is long enough.
The Kodiaks, showing the steely resolve of a squad whose time has come, hammered the Dakota Lancers in straight sets Thursday night to advance to the Manitoba AAAA high school boys volleyball championship.
River East hasn’t won the title since 1982.
Guided by their undisputed leader, exceptionally skilled Grade 12 athlete Hudson Wall, the No. 2-ranked Kodiaks knocked off the third-seeded Lancers 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) at Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC) to book a spot in the Manitoba championship next week.
The Kodiaks meet the No. 1-ranked and defending champion Lord Selkirk Royals in the Manitoba final, scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. at IGAC.
Lord Selkirk defeated the fourth-ranked St. Paul’s Crusaders 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22) in the Thursday’s late semifinal match.
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