CEC takes home gold, bronze medals while host Torchettes finish fourth
KENSINGTON – The Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) girls proved they will be a force to be reckoned with during the 2013 volleyball season.
CEC Team One went a perfect 7-0 (won-lost), capped off by a 2-0 win over the Bridgewater Vikings in the gold-medal match, en route to repeating as champions of the 39th annual Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) Volleyball Extravaganza on Saturday night. Scores in the final were 25-20, 25-17.
Meanwhile, CEC Team Two defeated the host Kensington Torchettes 2-0 (25-13, 25-8) to win the bronze-medal match of the two-day AAA-calibre tournament.
“It was a very good weekend (for CEC teams),” said CEC Team One head coach Bob Piers, whose team has won three KISH tournaments in a row and 12 of the last 15. “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 Team One went 4-0 in the round robin before playoff wins over J.L. Illsley of Halifax, N.S., and the host the 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. One team, and played every one of them in various roles,” said Piers. “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 CEC. Piers explained: “Actually, three of those girls who are on Team Two will play on Team One next weekend, and three of the girls who were with us (this weekend) will be with Team Two. We are going to do that for four weeks, and then we will decide the final lineup for Team One and Team Two. 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 they (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 today (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.”
“We knew it was going to be a battle because they (Bridgewater) have a very good team. 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 today (Saturday), some of those Grade 12s coming in and performing under pressure.” CEC Team One head coach Bob Piers
CEC Team Two 4 0
Kensington 3 1
Middleton, N.S. 2 2
Charlottetown Rural 1 3
CEC Team One 4 0
Parkview, N.S. 3 1
J.L. Illsley 2 2
Colonel Gray 1 3
Westisle 0 4
Bridgewater, N.S. 4 0
Three Oaks 3 1
Halifax West 2 2
Bluefield 1 3
Northumberland 0 4
CEC Team One defeated J.L. Illsley 2-0.
Kensington defeated Three Oaks 2-1.
CEC Team Two defeated Parkview 2-0.
Bridgewater defeated Middleton 2 0
CEC Team One defeated Kensington 2-0
Bridgewater defeated CEC Team Two 2-0
CEC Team Two defeated Kensington 2-0 (25-13, 25-8).
CEC Team One defeated Bridgewater 2-0 (25-20, 25-17).