TRURO – The Cobequid Cougars have heart.
The Cobequid Cougars #1 squad won the Cougar Classic Invitational title in their home gym on the weekend with a 2-0 (25-23, 25-12) comeback win over the Citadel Phoenix in the final. Members of the team are, front, Wes Taylor. First row, from left, head coach Bob Piers, Lauren Doane, Anissa Blackmore, Ally Fanning, Traveen Singh, Amira Faulkner, Teya Green and Stephanie Tompkins. Back row, assistant coach Suzanne Fougere, Jackie McClelland, Olivia Cullip, Rachel VanGestel, Janine Marshall, Morganne Peck, Rachel Sinclair, Morgan Marshall, Megan MacIsaac and assistant coach Heather Wolfe. Submitted photo
The girls volleyball squad showed just how much on the weekend on their way to taking the Cougar Classic Invitational title in their home gym with a 2-0 (25-23, 25-12) comeback win over the Citadel Phoenix in the final.
At the start of the year I knew we had talent,” Cougars head coach Bob Piers said. “But you never know how much heart you have but the girls really showed they have a lot of it.”
Cobequid trailed by as many as six points early in the first set in the final, but managed to erase the deficit before storming to victory in the second.
It wasn’t the first time the Cougars were tested at the event, which featured the top 25 teams from across Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Cobequid was pushed to the limit by the Bridgewater Vikings in the semifinal, eventually earning a 2-1 (25-17, 20-25, 14-12) victory.
Bridgewater held an 8-4 cushion at the crossover and was serving for the match at 14-12, but Cobequid managed to battle back.
“The girls just kept going and never gave up,” Piers said.
The Cougars also swept Ecole Acadienne de Truro 2-0 (25-17, 25-18) in the quarterfinal.
Cobequid’s success in the elimination round capped a 3-0-1 record in the round robin with straight sets wins over Bluefield, Rive Sud and Riverview and a split with Halifax West (25-17, 29-31).
The attack was led by Megan MacIsaac, who tallied 31 kills while Janine Marshall collected 29. Stephanie Tompkins led the team with 25 aces and 74 successful serves while Traveen Singh made 28 perfect passes. Janine Marshall made 25 digs and Amira Faulkner made 33 blocks.
Cobequid’s second team fell in a consolation final 2-1 (20-25, 25-23, 15-13) to Yarmouth. The Cougars swept Bluefield in the semifinal (25-13, 25-10) after a 2-1 (15-25, 25-15, 15-5) win over Northumberland in the quarterfinal. Cobequid opened with straight sets wins over Avon View and Colonel Gray, a split with Park View and a straight sets loss to Sackville.
Both Cougars squads are back in action this weekend at the Dalhousie University high school tournament in Halifax.
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