TRURO – The Cobequid Cougars posted a second-place finish at the annual Cougar Classic high school boys volleyball tournament.
The Cougars lost in straight sets (15-25, 16-25) to the Westisle Wolverines from P.E.I. in the final.
The young hometown squad played well throughout the preliminary round and finished second in the round-robin by defeating Sackville 26-24, 25-22; Colonel Gray (Charlottetown); and Horton 20-25, 26-24, 17-15, before losing their final round-robin match to Westisle 22-25, 19-25.
In the playoffs, CEC narrowly defeated a stubborn Citadel team 22-25, 25-10, 19-17 in a quarter-final before outlasting Bluefield (East Wiltshire, P.E.I.) 25-15, 22-25, 15-6 in the semifinal.
The Cougars received contributions from many players, both returning and new to the team. Grade 11 left-side Josh Dorey led all passers with a team-high 15 perfect passes as well as 17 aces. Grade 11 left-side Ben Chisholm had team highs with 22 defensive digs and 35 kills. Grade 12 middle Riley Tanner led the Cougars with 25 stuff blocks, while Grade 12 right-side Zach Bernard chipped in with 16 defensive digs and seven stuff blocks.
Several Grade 10 players played in their first high school matches and helped in a successful performance. Setter Naveen Singh dished out 114 assists, middle Duncan Baillie added 12 stuff blocks, and Jack Aucoin and Brody Morrison shared libero duties and added 18 perfect passes and 12 defensive digs.
Next up for the Cougars is the Horton Invitational in Greenwich this weekend.