Jaguars cap undefeated season
SUMMERSIDE – Make that two championships in a row for the École Francois-Buote Jaguars.
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Souris Regional High Spartan Meghan Stewart, centre, watches a spike from the opposing École Francois-Buote Jaguars while jumping to block. Defending on the left for the Jaguars is Constance Gilman and supporting Stewart on the right is Anna Clinton.
The Charlottetown-based team took home the gold medal at the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior A Girls Volleyball League provincial championship tournament, which was hosted at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, on Saturday.
The Jaguars, undefeated in the regular season, defeated the third-place Souris Spartans 3-1 in the gold-medal match. Scores were 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15.
The Jaguars’ Constance Gilman was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
In the semifinals, the Jaguars defeated the fourth-place Westisle Wolverines 3-1 (25-16, 25-14, 14-25, 25-20) while the Spartans upset the second-seeded Three Oaks Axewomen by an identical 3-1 outcome. Scores were 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15.
Three Oaks defeated Westisle in the bronze-medal match 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 25-11).
Francois-Buote coach Felix Aucoin took no credit for the team’s gold medal, instead saying it was a championship of the players’ own making.
“I just let them play – I’m not that good of a coach,” he laughed. “They’re talented.
“I just tell them to put it on the other side of the net and watch what happens.”
“It’s great, especially undefeated. I mean you have to consider that our school has about 40-some girls (who are eligible to play), and I’ve got 12 of them. So for me to be able to stack a team two years in a row. . . it’s big for our school. So we’re pretty proud.” Francois-Buote coach Felix Aucoin
However, Aucoin did say that two championships in a row for a small school like École Francois-Buote is remarkable.
“It’s great, especially undefeated,” said Aucoin. “I mean you have to consider that our school has about 40-some girls (who are eligible to play), and I’ve got 12 of them.
“So for me to be able to stack a team two years in a row. . . it’s big for our school. So we’re pretty proud.”
Sophie Duguay, a Grade 11 member of the Jaguars, said after the gold-medal match that despite going into the tournament undefeated, nerves still threatened to get the best of her.
“I was nervous, honestly,” said Duguay, proudly sporting her gold medal around her neck. “But I had a lot of fun though.
“I found we worked well as a team, we talked quite a bit. A couple of times we lost sight of that and it didn’t go so well, but we brought ourselves up and got better.”