ELMSDALE -- The Westisle Wolverines Boys AAA volleyball team picked up their third tournament championship of the season Saturday at the West Kings Invitational in Aylesford, NS.
The Wolverines found themselves in the power pool made up of the tournament’s top four teams. They were sporting a 1-2 record at the end of pool play. They turned things around in the playoff round, though, and picked up tournament gold with an exciting championship final against Cobequid Educational Centre from Truro.
We love coming to this tournament,” said Westisle’s head coach Peter Bolo. “You know you are always going to face tough competition and this certainly brought the best out of our players, especially in the semis and finals. These four teams have had many great battles over the years and the kids have all come to know each other and develop friendships off the court that continue after their high school years are over.”
The Wolverines had actually started the tournament with a 2-0 win (25-17, 25-22) over Cobequid, avenging a bronze medal loss to Cobequid in the final of Westisle’s tournament the previous weekend. They lost their next pool matches, 23-25, 25-27 to the host West Kings squad, also known as the Wolverines, and 23-25, 25-17, 8-15 to Horton High School. Horton had defeated Charlottetown Rural in dramatic fashion in the championship final of the Westisle tournament.
After pool play all of the power pool teams went on to win their quarter-final matches against teams from the second pool. Westisle defeated C.P. Allen from Bedford, NS 25-12, 25-13 in their quarter-final.
That set up a rematch with Horton High School and this time Westisle squeezed out a 25-22, 25-20 semi-final victory.
Westisle had lost to Cobequid in the final of last year’s West Kings tournament, so their 18-25, 25-21, 15-13 championship victory avenged that outcome.
Grade 11 middle, Andrew Gough, was named tournament MVP and joined libero Oliver Doucette on the all-star team.
“Andrew and setter Kent Doucette clicked all weekend” said Wolverines’ assistant coach Allan Clark. “It was so much fun to see them finally be on the same page. Also, Oliver was steady as a rock in the back row both in passing and on defense.” Clark went on to say that the entire team contributed to the win.
Now the Wolverines, who finished second in league play to Charlottetown Rural, are getting ready for Wednesday’s provincial semi-final match at Holland College in Charlottetown, hoping the strong team play from Aylesford will carry over there.