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Cougars take third straight title

The CEC Cougars claimed the 2017 NSSAF Division 1 boys’ volleyball crown on the weekend. Front row, from left, Nikolai Foerster, Eren Ayan, Michael Adams, Dean Berry, Ryan McEachren, Sean Gallie and Jacob MacGregor. Second row, Thomas Vickers, Austin Atkinson, Dean Sangster, David Sandeson, Theron Forbes, Isaac MacNaughton, Coaches G. Foerster, T, Pynn-Crowe, and H. MacEachern. Absent were Sam Lilly and Adam McEachren.  Submitted photo
The CEC Cougars claimed the 2017 NSSAF Division 1 boys’ volleyball crown on the weekend. Front row, from left, Nikolai Foerster, Eren Ayan, Michael Adams, Dean Berry, Ryan McEachren, Sean Gallie and Jacob MacGregor. Second row, Thomas Vickers, Austin Atkinson, Dean Sangster, David Sandeson, Theron Forbes, Isaac MacNaughton, Coaches G. Foerster, T, Pynn-Crowe, and H. MacEachern. Absent were Sam Lilly and Adam McEachren. Submitted photo

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars have captured their third consecutive crown – and fourth banner in the last six years – after winning gold at the NSSAF Division 1 Boys Volleyball Provincial Championships on the weekend.

The Cougars defeated the number-2 seed Par-en-Bas Sharks in straight sets, 25-16, 25-23 to clinch gold.

The Cougars went undefeated in round-robin match play with straight set wins over number-8 seed Sir John A Macdonald Flames (25-12, 25-10); number-5 seed West Kings Wolverines (25-11, 25-9); and number-4 seed J.L. Ilsley Judges (25-7, 25-7).

In the semifinals CEC upended the number-3 seed and eventual bronze medal winners, Sackville Kingfishers in straight sets, 25-15, 25-8.

The championship win capped an incredible season for the Cougars who pounded out a 54 and 1 won/lost match record that included 10 consecutive tournament victories.

Leading the way for the Cougars were seniors Ryan McEachren (59% offensive serving, 30 defensive digs, and a team high 40% kill efficiency); Dean Berry (91% serving, 5.5 block points); and Sam Lilly (57% offensive serving, 12-to-1 dig to error ratio).

In addition, huge contributions came from Grade 11's Thomas Vickers (74% passing, 14 service points, 5 block points, 30 digs, 26 kills); Sean Gallie (5 block points, 15 digs, 17 kills); Dean Sangster (4.5 block points); and libero Michael Adams (65% passing, 17 digs). Grade 11 setter Austin Atkinson (12 service points, 20 digs) led the team dishing out 85 assists for a 0.436 hitting average.

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