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CEC boys claim Wolverine Volleyball Classic

Tournament all-star Thomas Vickers of the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars soars high to smash the ball during the boys’ championship match of the 35th annual Westisle Wolverine Volleyball Classic against the Three Oaks Axemen on Saturday evening. The Cougars prevailed two sets to one.
Tournament all-star Thomas Vickers of the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars soars high to smash the ball during the boys’ championship match of the 35th annual Westisle Wolverine Volleyball Classic against the Three Oaks Axemen on Saturday evening. The Cougars prevailed two sets to one. - Eric McCarthy

After close victory over Three Oaks Axemen in final

ELMSDALE – The Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars from Truro, N.S., pulled out a razor-thin victory over the Three Oaks Axemen to capture the boys’ championship of the 35th annual Westisle Wolverines Volleyball Classic on Saturday evening.
The Axemen rallied from a 12-8 deficit to tie the deciding set 12-12, but after five consecutive sideouts the Cougars finally served up a 16-14 victory.

The Three Oaks Axemen’s Jack Somers hits the ball over the block attempt of Cobequid’s Adam McEachern during the boys’ championship match of the 35th annual Westisle Wolverine Volleyball Classic at the Westisle gymnasium on Saturday evening.
The Three Oaks Axemen’s Jack Somers hits the ball over the block attempt of Cobequid’s Adam McEachern during the boys’ championship match of the 35th annual Westisle Wolverine Volleyball Classic at the Westisle gymnasium on Saturday evening.

The Cougars won the final’s opening set 25-20, but Summerside-based Three Oaks rallied from a 21-17 deficit to win 25-22 to force the winner-take-all set.
“That close,” Axemen coach Dale MacDougall commented during the medal presentations, motioning with the tips of his thumb and forefinger almost touching.
“We were just a few points away from beating these guys,” MacDougall reflected afterwards.
While acknowledging the Axemen did a good job of putting up blocks against the Cougars’ hard hitters in the championship match, he said the well-coached Nova Scotia squad is a smart team and had success tipping the ball up over the block.

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Players of the match
The Cougars’ Adam McEachern and the Axemen’s Ben MacDougall were named the final’s players of the match.
“I had been struggling a little bit throughout the rest of the tournament,” said McEachern, who’s in his final year. “It felt good to come out and play a really good game; I thought the whole team played well.”
Commenting on an observation that the Cougars played with enthusiasm, McEachern remarked, “We’re a school that likes to play with a little energy; it brings up the spirit of the game, and it only adds to the competitiveness of both teams.”
Three Oaks had only two losses in the two-day tournament, both to Cobequid.
In the quarter-finals, Cobequid defeated Colonel Gray 25-15, 25-14; Bluefield topped Charlottetown Rural 25-18, 25-14; Three Oaks won 25-18, 25-18 over host Westisle, and West Kings got by Dartmouth 20-25, 25-20, 15-10.
Cobequid got by West Kings 25-14, 25-11 in one semifinal, and Three Oaks defeated Bluefield 25-10, 25-18 in the other.

eric.mccarthy@journalpioneer.com

Top Performers
Wolverine Volleyball Classic boys’ all-stars:
Thomas Vickers, Cobequid
 Austin Atkinson, Cobequid
Ben MacDougall, Three Oaks.
Morgan Caseley, Three Oaks.
Aidan Clark, West Kings.
Nathan Wills, Bluefield.


At A Glance
Wolverine Volleyball Classic boys’ round-robin:
Gold Pool
W L

Cobequid 4 0
Three Oaks 2 1
Dartmouth 2 2
Ch’town Rural 1 4
Montague 0 4
Results
Cobequid defeated Three Oaks 25-18, 15-25, 15-9.
Cobequid defeated Charlottetown Rural 25-13, 15-25, 16-14.
Cobequid defeated Dartmouth 25-18, 26-24.
Cobequid defeated Montague 25-18, 25-21.
Three Oaks defeated Charlottetown Rural 25-12, 25-20.
Three Oaks defeated Dartmouth 25-23, 25-19.
Three Oaks defeated Montague 25-11, 25-20.
Dartmouth defeated Charlottetown Rural 25-14, 15-25, 16-14.
Dartmouth defeated Montague 20-25, 25-22, 15-11.
Charlottetown Rural defeated Montague 25-18, 22-25, 15-11.
Blue Pool
W L

Bluefield 4 0
West Kings 3 1
Westisle 2 2
Colonel Gray 1 3
Horton 0 4
Results
Bluefield defeated Westisle 24-26, 35-20, 15-7.
Bluefield defeated Colonel Gray 25-20, 25-22.
Bluefield defeated West Kings 17-25, 25-17, 15-9.
Bluefield defeated Horton 25-16, 25-27, 15-7.
West Kings defeated Westisle 26-24, 25-12.
West Kings defeated Colonel Gray 26-28, 25-23, 15-11.
West Kings defeated Horton 16-25, 25-18, 15-13.
Westisle defeated Colonel Gray 20-25, 25-15, 15-13.
Westisle defeated Horton 23.25, 25-20, 15-7.
Colonel Gray defeated Horton 22-25, 25-22, 15-10.

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