Play begins Friday and concludes Saturday evening
Florence Grégoire-Jacques, right, a member of the Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) senior AAA girls volleyball team, focuses on the ball during Monday afternoons practice as teammate Malary Schurman and head coach Richard Younker pay close attention. The annual KISH Volleyball Extravaganza is set for this weekend. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer
KENSINGTON -- Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) will be the place to be for volleyball enthusiasts this weekend.
The KISH Volleyball Extravaganza begins Friday and features the biggest field -- 15 teams from Nova Scotia and P.E.I. -- in the 30-plus-year history of the senior AAA-calibre tournament.
"There are four tournaments in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. that all the teams want to attend, and this is one of them," said Richard Younker, head coach of the host Kensington team.
The defending champions from Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) No. One from Truro, N.S., are returning. CEC has won eight of the last 10 Extravaganza tournaments.
The 15 teams are divided into three five-team divisions. Along with two courts at KISH, the Summerside Intermediate School gymnasium will also be utilized for the round robin.
"It's going to feature the best (high-school players)," said Younker following Monday afternoon's practice. "These are the best teams in Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
"There's going to be lots of players playing who will be playing university next year."
Action gets underway Friday at 5 p.m., and the final round-robin matches, which will feature two straight sets with no cap (teams must win set by two points), are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. Each match is worth three points and if teams split the two sets, an extra point is awarded to the team with the greater point differential.
The top eight teams after round-robin play advance to the playoffs. The quarter-finals, featuring one vs. eight, two vs. seven, three vs. six, and four vs. five, will go at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The semifinals are at 4:30 p.m., with the gold- and bronze-medal matches at 5:30 p.m.
All playoff matches, which will be best-of-three with third game to 15 and no cap, will be held at KISH.