Volleyball players from around the province gathered in Merritt for the annual Mixed Volleyfest from April 6 to 8.

Thirty-five teams competed in this year’s event, across three competitive divisions and two recreational divisions.

Local teams finished first and second in the recreational B division, as ‘All Sets Are Off’ claimed top spot, while ‘Miracle Season 2’ earned second.

In the top flight of the competitive division, Rosedale’s ‘Brent’s Fan Club’ took home gold while ‘Snowmen and the Crow’ from Kamloops was second.

Competitive 2A saw two teams from Kelowna finish one-two, while Penticton’s ‘The Big Spank’ bested the ‘Dream Crushers’ to win gold in competitive 2B.

Small town pride was on the line in recreational B as DeRoche’s ‘North Fraser Fireballs’ defeated the ‘Indians’ from Lillooet.

Not only is Mixed Volleyfest a blast for participants, the event also raises money for local causes. This year’s beneficiary was the Nicola Valley Search and Rescue team.

Ladies Volleyfest will roll into town on April 26, 27 and 28. A record 52 teams have already registered to be a part of the event.