One-day event goes Saturday
SUMMERSIDE – The 2013 high school volleyball season on P.E.I. will unofficially get underway here at Three Oaks Senior High School on Saturday.
The Summerside high school will host its annual senior AAA boys’ kickoff tournament featuring eight P.E.I. teams.
“It’s a chance for players to get their feet wet, and 99 per cent of the time it’s the first games of the year for all the P.E.I. teams,” said Three Oaks head coach Joel Arsenault. “You go through all your tryouts, practices and the TOSH kickoff tournament is the first competition, and first time in the gym playing games for most P.E.I. high schools.”
The host Axemen and Charlottetown Rural will have split squads playing while the field is rounded out by Westisle, Bluefield, Colonel Gray and Montague.
“The line of thinking right now is to split the (Three Oaks) teams evenly, give the kids a chance to play and get to know each other,” said Arsenault.
The teams have been divided into two four-team pools. Each team will play four matches in the one-day tournament – three in the round robin and one in the crossovers.
All matches, which will be played at the Three Oaks gymnasium, will be best-of-three games to 25 points, with the third game, if necessary, to 15.
Play begins at 9 a.m., with the crossovers at 3 p.m., and the medal games at 4 p.m. The gold-medal match will feature the first-place teams in each pool.
The Axemen go into the new season with a veteran roster led by six Grade 12s – Ty Wright, Colin Loerick, Logan Comeau, Tanner Mendoza, James Meek and Alex DesRoches.
A pair of Grade 11 players – Jordan Black and Brohan Brennan – and four Grade 10s – Regan Smith, Matthew Arsenault, Jordan Smith and Chris Richard – round out the Axemen squad.
“There are high expectations,” said Arsenault. “Steve Boyd, the assistant coach, and I were chatting about it earlier, and even with conversations with the Grade 12s, there is a lot of anticipation for this year.
“We all have a feeling that our team has not changed a lot from last year, the boys have grown and have a year or two playing together under their belt.
“We all think we will there fighting for a gold medal in November.”
A look at the Three Oaks senior boys’ kickoff volleyball tournament:
“It’s a chance for players to get their feet wet, and 99 per cent of the time it’s the first games of the year for all the P.E.I. teams. You go through all your tryouts, practices and the TOSH kickoff tournament is the first competition, and first time in the gym playing games for most P.E.I. high schools.” Three Oaks head coach Joel Arsenault
Three Oaks Green
Charlottetown Rural Red
Three Oaks Gold
Charlottetown Rural Blue
Saturday, Sept. 14
9 a.m. – TOSH Green vs. Rural Red; Westisle vs. TOSH Gold.
10 a.m. – Bluefield vs. Gray; Rural Blue vs. Montague.
11 a.m. – TOSH Green vs. Gray; Westisle vs. Montague.
Noon – Bluefield vs. Rural Red; Rural Blue vs. TOSH Gold.
1 p.m. – TOSH Green vs. Bluefield; Westisle vs. Rural Blue.
2 p.m. – Gray vs. Rural Red; Montague vs. TOSH Gold.
3 p.m. – Third-place team in Pool A vs. third-place team in Pool B; fourth-place team in Pool A vs. fourth-place team in Pool B.
4 p.m. – First-place team in Pool A vs. first-place team in Pool B; second-place team in Pool A vs. second-place team in Pool B.