Owls prevail in gold-medal match thriller

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PROFIT'S CORNER -- The Summerside Intermediate School Owls prevailed in a thrilling gold-medal match in the 2009 Callaghan Boys Volleyball Classic here recently.
The Owls edged the Miscouche Mustangs 2-1 (25-27, 25-21, 15-9) in a battle of undefeated teams to win their second-ever Callaghan Classic title and first since 1994. The Owls have medalled at the tournament the last four years.
This is the second consecutive silver medal for Miscouche, which lost last year's final to the M.E. Callaghan Cougars.

PROFIT'S CORNER -- The Summerside Intermediate School Owls prevailed in a thrilling gold-medal match in the 2009 Callaghan Boys Volleyball Classic here recently.
The Owls edged the Miscouche Mustangs 2-1 (25-27, 25-21, 15-9) in a battle of undefeated teams to win their second-ever Callaghan Classic title and first since 1994. The Owls have medalled at the tournament the last four years.
This is the second consecutive silver medal for Miscouche, which lost last year's final to the M.E. Callaghan Cougars.
The Callaghan Red Cougars downed Stonepark in three sets to win the bronze medal. The Cougars took the first set 25-20 and seemed on their way to a sweep, leading the second 23-18. But Stonepark battled back to win 26-24. The Cougars easily took the third set 15-7 to win their 23rd Classic medal.
The 33rd annual event attracted 10 teams.

Final match

In Game 1 of the final, the Owls jumped out to an 8-2 lead. The Mustangs refused to die and overcame a 24-23 deficit to take a 25-24 lead. After the Owls tied the set, Miscouche took a 26-25 advantage and Carter Yeo scored the game-winning serve for a 27-25 win.
The Mustangs led the second set 9-6 and with Miscouche up 20-16, Summerside scored nine points in the final two service rotations to win 25-21. The Owls built an insurmountable 12-6 lead in the deciding third set, winning 15-9.
Summerside advanced to the final with a 2-0 (25-11, 25-14) semifinal decision over Stonepark. Miscouche made it with a 2-1 victory over Callaghan Red (13-25, 25-12, 15-11).
In the quarter-finals, Callaghan Red swept Queen Charlotte 2-0 (25-12, 25-19) and Stonepark beat East Wiltshire 2-0 (25-21, 25-15). Queen Charlotte and East Wiltshire tied for fifth with the losses.

Merrell MVP
The Owls' Nathan Merrell was the Tignish Co-op most valuable player. The Elmsdale Corner Gas all-star team was made up of Merrell, teammate Brady Arsenault; Yeo and Luke McKinnon of Miscouche; Dave Redmond of Stonepark, and Robbie Fraser of Callaghan Red.
East Wiltshire took the Alberton Sports most enthusiastic award for the first time.
Spencer Horne of East Wiltshire was the Eugene's General Store top server with a serving percentage of 78.57. David Redmond of Stonepark was the Ravenwood Stairways top offensive player with 26 kills. Kirkland Keough of Callaghan Red was the Hot Shots Teamwear top scorer with 33 points -- 23 aces, six kills and four blocks.
Tournament sponsors included Tignish Credit Union, Alberton Bakery, Tignish Co-op, Eugene's General Store, F.J. Shea & Sons, Saunders Variety, Hot Shots Teamwear, Alberton Save-Easy, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Greco's Pizza, Richard's Quality Auto, Ravenwood Stairways, Alberton Sports, Elmsdale Corner Gas, Buchanan Signs and ADL.

Skills Competition
The Ravenwood Stairways Skills Competition:
Serving -- Jonathon Arsenault, Queen Charlotte (19 points).
Passing -- Chris DesRoches, Miscouche (7 points -- ties record).
Setting -- Stephen Seviour, Stonepark (5 points).
Hitting -- David Redmond, Stonepark (74 kilometres-an-hour).

Organizations: Summerside Intermediate School Owls, Tignish Co-op, Tignish Credit Union F.J. Shea & Sons Kentucky Fried Chicken Richard's

Geographic location: Miscouche, East Wiltshire

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