Cobequid takes gold, bronze at Kensington tournament
KENSINGTON, P.E.I. – The Cobequid Cougars proved they will be a force to be reckoned with during the 2013 volleyball season.
Jackie McClelland of Cobequid Cougars #1 serves the ball during the championship match of the 39th annual Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School Volleyball Extravaganza Saturday in Kensington, P.E.I. The Cougars defeated the Bridgewater Vikings 2-0 (25-20, 25-17) to repeat as champions of the tournament. Jason Simmonds – TC Media
CEC #1 went a perfect 7-0, capped by a 2-0 (25-20, 25-17) sweep of the Bridgewater Vikings in the gold-medal match Saturday, en route to their third consecutive Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) Volleyball Extravaganza title. The victory is Cobequid’s 12th in the past 15 years at the 39-year-old event.
Meanwhile, CEC #2 defeated the host Kensington Torchettes 2-0 (25-13, 25-8) to take the bronze-medal match of the two-day tournament.
“It was a very good weekend,” CEC #1 coach Bob Piers said. “Team two played really well. They have some young girls and have some experienced players, so we knew they could play. But we didn’t know they would do that well.”
CEC #1 went 4-0 in the round robin before playoff wins over the J.L. Illsley Judges and the host Torchettes.
The season-opening tournament provided an opportunity for coaches to evaluate players in match situations and Piers liked what he saw.
“We had 15 girls on our No. 1 team, and played every one of them in various roles,” he said. “Right up until the finals they played equal time, and when we got to the finals we said we’re going with our big guns here and that’s what we did.”
And tournaments like this are especially important to the Cougars Piers said.
“Actually, three of those girls who are on Team #2 will play on Team #1 next weekend, and three of the girls who were with us (this weekend) will be with Team #2. We are going to do that for four weeks, and then we will decide the final lineup for Team #1 and Team #2. It is a battle for some of those positions.”
Piers described his team’s play in the gold-medal match as “a total team effort.”
He went on to praise the team’s setting, hitting and defence.
“We knew it was going to be a battle because (Bridgewater) have a very good team,” said Piers. “In the provincial midget championships they beat our girls on numerous occasions.
“The difference with our team here is we have some Grade 12 girls who are more experienced. They made the difference here (Saturday), some of those Grade 12s coming in and performing under pressure.”
Piers also took time during the medal presentations to acknowledge the efforts of KISH’s midget girls’ volleyball team as minor officials, the other teams in the tournament, the KISH parents for running a canteen and praised the tournament’s organization under KISH head coach Richard Younker.
“We always enjoy coming over here to play a number of the Island teams that we don’t see a lot of,” said Piers. “There is always a lot of good competition.”
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