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The Metro Edmonton High School Athletic Association serves up its volleyball championship finals today at Austin O’Brien High School. Admission is $3.

St. Albert teams are competing for playoff honours in the following conferences:

City junior girls

At 11 a.m. the Bellerose Bulldogs (13-1, 40 GW/13 GL) play the Ardrossan Bisons (11-3, 38 GW/16 GL).

The Bulldogs are gunning for their first city conference junior girls’ volleyball championship in school history.

In league play Bellerose finished first and Ardrossan was third. In the season opener the Bisons beat the Bulldogs 3-1 in St. Albert.

Bellerose is coming off a 3-1 victory in Tuesday’s semifinal against the fifth-place St. Albert Skyhawks, winners of the last two city finals.

Premier junior boys

At 3 p.m. the Paul Kane Blues (7-5, 25 GW/25 GL) battle the Archbishop Jordan Scots (7-4, 25 GW/19 GL).

The Blues have never celebrated a premier conference junior boys’ volleyball championship.

The Scots placed second and Paul Kane shared third place in the standings. The teams split the season series with 3-2 scores. The Blues won Sept. 28 in St. Albert and the Scots were victorious Oct. 19 in Sherwood Park.

In Tuesday’s semifinal the Blues upset the undefeated O’Leary Spartans in five sets at O’Leary High School.

Premier women

At 5 p.m. Paul Kane (10-3, 33 GW/13 GL) will challenge the defending champion Holy Trinity Trojans (10-3, 32 GW/17 GL).

The Blues can make school history as the first Paul Kane women’s volleyball team to win the premier conference crown.

In the regular season the Blues and Trojans tied for third place. The last tilt between the championship contenders was Paul Kane’s three-set sweep Oct. 20 in St. Albert.

Last year in the semifinals the Trojans stunned the undefeated Blues in three sets at Paul Kane.

In Monday’s semifinals, Paul Kane swept the second-place Spartans at O’Leary and the Trojans knocked off the undefeated Falcons 3-2 in Sherwood Park.

As the only 4A team in the premier final, the Blues are guaranteed a return trip to provincials. They are ranked second provincially in 4A. The Trojans are the team to beat at the 3A level.

On Wednesday at 4:45 p.m., Paul Kane hosts the public league champion to determine the first and second seeds in the Edmonton zone for the Nov. 25 to 27 provincials in Red Deer.

Last year the Blues finished third in the zone elimination tournament as four teams qualified for provincials. They finished seventh overall at provincials with four wins and three losses in the best-of-three match play format.

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