Opening event for P.E.I. teams features quality play
SUMMERSIDE - The Westisle senior boys’ volleyball team got off to a great start to the 2014 season on Saturday.
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Westisle Wolverines co-captain Jack Perry, right, tips the ball past the Charlottetown Rural Raiders’ Braiden White during the championship match of the Three Oaks Senior High School kickoff volleyball tournament in Summerside in September.
The Wolverines defeated the Charlottetown Rural Reds 2-0 (25-21, 25-23) in the gold-medal match to claim the Three Oaks Senior High School (TOSH) kickoff tournament, which is the opening event for P.E.I. teams.
Along with a split squad from host Three Oaks and two teams from Charlottetown Rural, Colonel Gray, Bluefield and Montague Regional also competed.
TOSH Green was in Pool A with the Rural Reds, Bluefield and Colonel Gray. TOSH Gold played in Pool B with Rural Blue, Westisle and Montague.
The Rural Reds finished atop Pool A after the round robin, followed by Bluefield, Colonel Grey and TOSH Green.
In the other pool, Westisle was first after the round-robin play, followed by Rural Blue, TOSH Gold and Montague.
Three Oaks head coach Joel Arsenault and Westisle head coach Peter Bolo were both satisfied with their team performances, noting that the players had only tryouts and a few practices before the tournament.
"The overall quality is pretty good," assessed Arsenault, who was surprised by the serve skills shown so early in the season, but admitted that serve receiving and defensive play will be an immediate focus for his players.
Bolo was pleased with the tournament win, but likes the early events because coaches bring all the kids and everyone gets a chance to play.
"The players showed they are working hard on every point and not giving up,” said Bolo. “There are nine guys in on every single game, they are developing their roles at the net or at the back, and it's nice to have that kind of depth."
TOSH Green secured seventh place by defeating Montague in two straight games, 25-9 and 25-12.
TOSH Gold defeated Colonel Gray 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 15-10) in the fifth-place match.
The bronze-medal game featured Rural Blue defeating Bluefield 3-2 (25-12, 16-25, 15-6).
"The overall quality is pretty good." Three Oaks head coach Joel Arsenault
Both Bolo and Arsenault predict a tight season this year.
"We knew that the league would be stronger than last year," Bolo commented, noting that the defending P.E.I. School Athletic Association champions Charlottetown Rural split its players into two well-balanced teams for this tournament.
Bolo assessed that the rest of the league is also well developed.
"There should be a lot of close games before the Nov. 9 (provincial) championship," warned Arsenault.
Three Oaks kickoff tournament results:
Charlottetown Rural Red defeated Bluefield 2-1 (25-20, 23-25, 15-6).
Rural Red defeated Colonel Gray 2-0 (25-23, 27-25).
Rural Red defeated TOSH Green 2-1 (25-19, 17-25, 15-12).
Bluefield defeated Colonel Gray 2-1 (25-19, 23-25, 15-13).
Bluefield defeated TOSH Green 2-1 (19-25, 25-23,15-10)
Colonel Gray defeated TOSH Green 2-0 (27-25, 25-16).
Westisle defeated Rural Blue 2-1 (25-18, 19-25, 15-11).
Westisle defeated Montague 2-0 (25-14, 25-6).
Westisle defeated TOSH Gold 2-0 (25-14, 25-19).
Rural Blue defeated TOSH Gold 2-0 (25-18, 25-20).
Rural Blue defeated Montague Regional 2-0 (25-18, 25-12).
TOSH Gold defeated Montague Regional 2-0 (25-17, 26-24).
TOSH Green defeated Montague 2-0 (25-9, 25-12).
TOSH Gold defeated Colonel Gray 2-1 (25-22, 18-25, 15-10).
Rural Blue defeated Bluefield 2-1 (25-12, 16-25, 15-6).
Westisle defeated Rural Red 2-0 (25-21, 25-23).