Two North Okanagan players came home with hardware from the Canada Cup volleyball tournament in Calgary.
And it came at the expense of a friend and teammate.
James Helfrick and Rory O’Brien, best friends, were playing for Team B.C. Red in the Div. 1 Men’s event. They defeated Coldstream’s Devin Sales Parno and Team B.C. Blue 3-1 in the bronze-medal match.
Helfrick attends and plays volleyball at Vernon Secondary School. O’Brien and Sales Parno attend and play for the Kalamalka Secondary School Lakers in Coldstream. All three are members of the Vernon Sky Volleyball Club.
The eventual gold-medal winning Alberta 17 squad eliminated B.C. Blue 3-1 in one semifinal while Manitoba Gold swept B.C. Red in the other semi.
Four North Okanagan players were involved in the women’s division, playing for three B.C. squads, all of whom ended up in consolation round play.
Madison Gardner of Vernon and Olivia Tymkiw of Coldstream were playing for Team B.C., looking to solidify spots on the province’s Canada Summer Games team. B.C. went 1-1 in the round-robin, beating Nova Scotia 3-0 but losing 3-0 to Quebec.
In the power pool Friday, B.C. defeated Alberta 17 by a 3-0 margin, then lost 3-0 to Alberta. B.C. was sent to the consolation round with a 3-0 Tier 1 quarterfinal loss to Manitoba. Gardner, Tymkiw and company went 2-0 in the consolation round, defeating Canada White 3-0 and Saskatchewan 3-1.
Vernon’s Lauren Hoard and Makenna Doyle played for Team B.C. Red and Team B.C. Blue respectively. Hoard and Team Red started with 3-0 wins over Alberta North and Prince Edward Island while Doyle and Team Blue beat the Alberta 15 squad 3-0 but lost 3-2 to Manitoba Gold.
In Friday’s power pool play, B.C. lost 3-1 to Ontario and 3-0 to Saskatchewan, while Blue was 1-1, edging New Brunswick 3-2 but dropping a 3-0 decision to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Both B.C. sides fell in the Tier 2 quarterfinals, B.C. Red losing 3-0 to Nova Scotia while PEI knocked off B.C. Blue 3-1.
The two B.C. teams met in the consolation round with Doyle and Team Blue downing Hoard and Team Red 3-1. Red finished the event with a 3-0 victory over the Northwest Territories, while Blue dropped its final match, 3-0 to New Brunswick.