PEISAA 2017 Volleyball Championships

November 11, 2017 by  
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Intermediate Boys A Volleyball Montague Intermediate Vernon River Intermediate Hernwood
Intermediate Girls A Volleyball Kinora Intermediate Souris Intermediate Summerside White
Intermediate Boys AA Volleyball M E Callaghan East Wiltshire Queen Charlottetown
Intermediate Girls AA Volleyball Stonepark Queen Charlotte Summerside Intermediate
Senior A Girls Volleyball École Francois Buote Charlottetown Rural Evangleline
Senior AAA Boys Volleyball  Three Oaks  Colonel Gray  Bluefield
Senior AAA Girls Volleyball  Kensington Intermediate/Senior Colonel Gray Charlottetown Rural

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Three Oaks, Kensington volleyballers outgun competition for titles

Kensington Intermediate Senior High School's Casandra-MacLeod, second from left, celebrates a point during the first set of the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association AAA girls volleyball championship with the Colonel Gray Colonels Friday in Charlottetown. Jason Malloy/The Guardian
KISH’s Casandra-MacLeod, second from left, celebrates a point during the first set of the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association AAA girls volleyball championship with the Colonel Gray Colonels Friday in Charlottetown. Jason Malloy/The Guardian

Three Oaks men, Kensington women sweep their way to AAA volleyball titles Friday in Charlottetown

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Try as they might neither Colonel Gray Colonels volleyball teams could hold back the waves that were the Three Oaks Axemen and the Kensington Torchettes at the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association AAA men’s and women’s gold medal matches on Friday.

Kensington sped past the Colonels 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-13) to earn the women’s gold, while Three Oaks blew by Colonel Gray 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-6) for the men’s gold medal.

In the women’s game, Casandra MacLeod and senior Hilary Bernard were a ferocious blocking wall against the smaller Colonels and routinely frustrated the host squad, despite the best efforts of Gray senior Abby Hyndman, who had several kills and was named to the tournament all-star team.

MacLeod, also named to the all-star squad, had two blocks and kill in the second set that gave Kensington a 19-13 edge and turned the frame the Torchettes’ way. Maddy Rogers served out the set.

In the third stanza, MacLeod blasted five kills past Gray blockers and had the final tip to win the set and the game.

But the Grade 11 student didn’t take anything for granted in the match.

“Never. We just kept playing, just kept having fun and (didn’t) get too cocky that we had it,” said MacLeod after winning her first AAA title. “I’m just proud of all my teammates. It was a lot of time and a lot of effort all season. It’s nice it came out with something good.”

For Jenny White, Gray head coach, it came down her team’s inability to execute consistently.

“It was a pretty competitive game. We had a tough time getting our passes going,” said White. “The girls showed a lot of heart. They stayed in it the whole time.”

On the men’s side, TOSH’s Ethan Boyd assaulted the Gray defence with kill after kill, especially in the third set where he wracked up six winners and two blocks as the Axemen’s 13-0 run closed out the set and the match.

Boyd, a 2017 Summer Canada Games indoor and beach volleyball team member, hurt his ankle at the Games and wasn’t a go for the season until just after school began.

Good thing it healed, too, as he was part of a senior trio (Logan Cameron, Kamden Arsenault) who now haven’t lost a game in three years together and have three straight gold medals.

“I’m pretty pumped about that. Definitely it’s the most special (of the three titles). My best memory will probably be Kamden getting all those serves. Unbelievable, so unbelievable.”

But the win wasn’t easy. Colonel Gray jumped out to 5-1 and 8-4 leads in the first and second sets, respectively, before TOSH gathered itself and roared back.

“We just knew we deserved to get those points. They were ours for the taking,” Boyd said.

Mistakes cost Gray points as much as TOSH took those points. And that, said Gray head coach Max Arsenault, hurts the most for the senior-laden team. Six of the 12 graduate this this year.

“I told them (afterwards) to take this game with a grain of salt. Disappointing we didn’t play up to our level. TOSH played great, but we didn’t play up to our potential,” said Arsenault. “It’s something even coaches sometimes can’t understand. We didn’t tale advantage of our chances. We got down a little a too quick and struggled to let stuff go. There’s always a learning curve.”

The Charlottetown Rural Raiders won the women’s bronze medal with a 3-1 (25-8, 22-25, 25-19 25-23) win over the Bluefield Bobcats, then Bluefield men got revenge with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-22) victory over Rural in the men’s bronze game.


Kinkora outlasts Souris to defend PEISAA Intermediate A Girls Volleyball League championship

Kinkora won its second straight P.E.I. School Athletic Association Intermediate A Girls Volleyball League championship at Kinkora Regional High School on Thursday night. Kinkora team members are, front row, from left: Jessica Larsen, Jeanna Pickering, Maura Duffy and Emma Muttart. Back row: Jonny Martin (coach), Sydney Muttart, Claire Keough, Faith Reeves, Shaelynn McCardle, Rachel Paynter, Emma Arsenault, Colby Buch and Erica Warren. Submitted photo
Kinkora won its second straight P.E.I. School Athletic Association Intermediate A Girls Volleyball League championship at Kinkora Regional High School on Thursday night.

Exciting finish to gold-medal match

KINKORA – There was an electric atmosphere in the Kinkora Regional High School (KRHS) gymnasium on Thursday night.
That was a result of host Kinkora winning the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Intermediate A Girls Volleyball League championship banner for the second year in a row.
Kinkora, comprised of students from Amherst Cove Consolidated School in Borden-Carleton, Somerset Elementary in Kinkora and Grade 9 students at KRHS, prevailed 3-1 in a thrilling gold-medal match against Souris that had fans on the edge of their seats, especially in the deciding fourth set. Scores were 22-25, 25-13, 25-17, 26-24.
“The last set went back and forth,” said Kinkora coach Jonny Martin in indicating just how evenly-matched the two finalists were. “We went up 20-16, they clawed right back to make it 20-20, then we went up 24-20, and they came back to tie it up at 24, and then we snuck it out with two quick points at the end.”
When asked to describe the atmosphere in the gym during the final, Martin commented, with a chuckle, “It was a loud gym, and it was fun.”

The semifinals, which were played Thursday afternoon, featured Kinkora defeating Belfast 3-1 (21-25, 25-9, 25-19, 25-22), and Souris overcoming a 2-0 deficit to pull out a five-set marathon over Summerside Intermediate School 3-2 (21-25, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-11).
Summerside Intermediate defeated Belfast 3-0 (25-16, 15-13, 25-13) in the bronze-medal match.

McCardle MVP
Grade 9 student Shaelynn McCardle of Kinkora was selected as the most valuable player of the provincial championship tournament.
“Shaelynn certainly deserves it,” stressed Martin. “She was our setter, and one of our top players all year.
“She settled everything down on the court, is an excellent server and an excellent setter setting things up for the middle hitters.”
Martin said one key to Kinkora’s success was its defensive play.
“We played really, really well,” he added. “We had a lot of nice defensive plays, and we made it hard for our opponents to get points.”
The provincial championship capped a memorable season for Kinkora, which went 9-1 in league play, undefeated in a tournament in Charlottetown and the playoffs. This year’s Kinkora squad was comprised of two Grade 7s, three Grade 8s and seven Grade 9s, who will be moving onto the senior ranks next year.
“They were a pretty strong bunch,” said Martin. “We had a real good group that is in Grade 9.”

Top players
PEISAA Intermediate A Girls Volleyball League awards:
Provincial Championship

Mia Martell, Belfast
Alyssa Richard, SIS
Brooke Robertson, Souris
Allee Clinton, Souris
Faith Reeves, Kinkora
Shaelynn McCardle, Kinkora


Tigers, Cougars claim PEISAA intermediate volleyball titles

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The Stonepark Tigers defeated the Queen Charlotte Coyotes in an epic five-set battle of skill to capture the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association intermediate AA girls’ volleyball gold medals.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 sets lead (25-12, 25-18) before the Coyotes stormed back to tie the match (20-25, 24-26). Stonepark won the fifth and deciding match 15-11.

Tournament all-stars Ella Hickey and Seven McHatten led the way for Queen Charlotte, while all-star Alexis Power and tournament MVP Jenna Cyr helped the Tigers to gold.

Summerside Intermediate defeated Kensington 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-11, 25-15) to win the bronze-medal match. All-star Ellie Malayny led Summerside, while Rachel Phelan earned all-star honours for Kensington.


Tournament MVP Connor Ellsworth and all-star Emmett Gaudette led the ME Callaghan Cougars over the East Wiltshire Warriors 3-1 (25-21, 25-8, 25-27, 25-19) to capture the boys’ championship banner.

East Wiltshire put up a strong fight throughout and all-stars Neill Shaw and Thomas Yeo played big games for the Warriors.

The Queen Charlotte Coyotes defeated the Birchwood Cobras 3-0 (25-20,25-12, 25-23) to capture their second consecutive provincial bronze medal. Birchwood was making their first appearance in the provincials since 1991.

Tournament all-stars were Jeremy Norman for Queen Charlotte and Tyler Taylor for Birchwood.

Francois Buote girls win parity-filled senior A volleyball championship

Jessica Turbide, 3, of the Francois Buote Jaguars celebrates after her team won the 2017 P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior A Girls Volleyball League championship at Kinkora Regional High School on Saturday. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer
Jessica Turbide, 3, of the Francois Buote Jaguars celebrates after her team won the 2017 P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior A Girls Volleyball League championship at Kinkora Regional High School on Saturday. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Evangeline prevails in bronze-medal match

KINKORA – Parity was the word of the day at the 2017 P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior A Girls Volleyball League championship.
Three of the four matches played at Kinkora Regional High School required a fifth and deciding set, and the championship match went four hard-fought sets. When all was said and done, the Francois Buote Jaguars were presented with the championship banner after defeating the Charlottetown Rural Raiders in the gold-medal match 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-15).
“The girls arrived ready (for the final),” said Francois Buote head coach Maxime Duguay. “We lost the first set, but I told the girls you need three to win. They rallied, fought very hard and really hit the kill shots in the last set.”
Earlier Saturday, both the Jaguars and Raiders were pushed to the limit in their respective semifinals. Rural prevailed over the Evangeline Coyotes 25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 19-25, 15-11 while the Jaguars outlasted Grace Christian in a marathon match – 22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 20-18.
“The first match was nerve-racking,” admitted Duguay. “It was intense.
“We knew Grace Christian was going to be tough to beat because we played them during the year, and they were getting better and better. We didn’t expect them to be that strong, but we managed to get a win.”


The Francois Buote Jaguars won the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior A Girls Volleyball League championship in Kinkora on Saturday. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer


In the bronze-medal match, Evangeline overcame a 10-5 deficit in the fifth set to edge Grace Christian 3-2. Scores were 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-12.
A key point in the final came late in the third set, when the Jaguars won the point on a long rally to take a 19-17 lead en route building a 2-1 lead.
Duguay said the Jaguars were able to play a strong “power” match against the Raiders.
“The girls had awesome serves with a lot of punch, battled for every ball and we didn’t give up,” said Duguay.


Francois Buote Jaguars setter Sarah Jenkins serves the ball during the gold-medal game of the 2017 P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior A Girls Volleyball League gold-medal game in Kinkora on Saturday. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer


Grade 11 Jessica Turbide, who plays the power position for the Jaguars, was selected the most valuable player of the provincial championship.
“It was a total team effort,” emphasized Duguay, who proudly added Francois Buote is building a volleyball tradition at the Charlottetown-based school.
“We have a great volleyball culture in our school,” he added.
With the Jaguars only graduating three players this year – Jenkins, centre Ariane Bélanger and power Miryam Palowska – Duguay feels the potential is there for Francois Buote to be right in the thick of things next year as well.
“The core of the group is staying, and we may get some good players from the intermediates,” said Duguay. “We are going to be strong next year as well.”

Top Performers
PEISAA Senior A Girls Volleyball League provincial championship tournament awards:

Kaitlyn Milligan, Evangeline.
Zoe Good, Grace Christian.
Selina Mahajer, Charlottetown Rural.
Andrea Burns, Charlottetown Rural.
Sarah Jenkins, Francois Buote.
Most Valuable Player
Jessica Turbide, Francois Buote.

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Three Prince County teams pursuing PEISAA intermediate AA volleyball ch’ships

Semifinals go Friday, with medal games Saturday

CHARLOTTETOWN – Three Prince County teams will compete in the P.E.I. School Athletic Association intermediate AA volleyball championships this weekend.
The Summerside Intermediate School Owls and Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School Torchettes are pursuing the girls’ crown, and the M.E. Callaghan Cougars have their eyes set on the boys’ title.
Following is a look at the teams:

Queen Charlotte Coyotes

The host Coyotes are the Eastern Division champions after going a perfect 9-0 (won-lost), and sport a 27-2 record in sets during league play. They lost both sets to Stonepark.
Queen Charlotte, under the guidance of second-year coach Laura Ready, advanced with a 3-0 victory over the Birchwood Cobras.
The Coyotes have won two previous provincial championships.

Stonepark Tigers
The Larry Young-coached Tigers are attempting to win their fourth consecutive Island title after finishing second in the Eastern Division at 6-3. The team is 33-3 in the last four years of league play.
Stonepark, which advanced to the provincial championships with a 3-0 victory over East Wiltshire, is looking for its ninth provincial title.
This is Young’s 22nd season coaching Stonepark.

Summerside Intermediate Owls
The Dale MacDougall-coached Owls went 9-0 in the West Division. This is MacDougall’s first year coaching the female Owls after leading their male counterparts the previous six years.
The Owls, who ended with a 27-2 league record in sets, won 18 straight sets at one point.
Summerside Intermediate, which advanced with a 3-0 win over Hernewood, is looking for its ninth provincial title. They last won in 2013, and claimed a record seven straight titles from 1999 to 2005.

Kensington Torchettes
The Torchettes (5-4), led by rookie coach Natasha MacLeod and second-year coach Brianna MacKay, came second in the West Division.
Kensington advanced to provincials after a 3-1 win over M.E. Callaghan.
The Torchettes have won 10 provincial championships.

M.E. Callaghan Cougars

The Cougars finished first in the provincial league at 9-1, including a set record of 29-6.
Callaghan’s only loss came at the hands of Queen Charlotte on Oct. 5, when the Coyotes won 3-2 and 15-13 in the fifth set.
Harvey Mazerolle is in his 41st year coaching the Cougars, who have won nine previous provincial championships, including three of the last seven.

Queen Charlotte Coyotes
Nick Somers and Jacob Smith co-coach the Coyotes, who finished second in the six-team Island league at 8-2. Queen Charlotte sported a 26-15 sets record.
The Coyotes have won one provincial title (1998).

East Wiltshire Warriors
The Warriors finished third in the Island league at 5-5, and have a 19-17 resumé in sets.
East Wiltshire, which has won one previous Island title (2002), advanced to the provincials by beating Stonepark 3-0.
Cathy Butler is in her fourth year coaching the Warriors.

Birchwood Cobras
Tristan Atkins and Connor Kirkland lead the fifth-place Cobras (3-7), who have returned to boys’ volleyball for the first time in a long time.
Birchwood upset the three-time defending-champion Summerside Intermediate 3-1 to advance to the provincials.
Birchwood has won one provincial championship (1991).

PEISAA intermediate AA volleyball championships:
At Queen Charlotte:
Friday, Nov. 3
1:30 p.m. –
 Girls: Stonepark vs. Summerside Intermediate.
3:15 p.m. – Girls: Queen Charlotte vs. Kensington.
5 p.m. – Boys: M.E. Callaghan vs. Birchwood.
6:45 p.m. – Boys: Queen Charlotte vs. East Wiltshire.
Saturday, Nov. 4
Medal Matches
10 a.m. – 
boys’ bronze: losing teams of Friday’s two semifinals.
11:45 a.m. – girls’ bronze: losing teams of Friday’s two semifinals.
1:30 p.m. – girls’ gold: winning teams of Friday’s two semifinals.
3:15 p.m. – boys’ gold: winning teams of Friday’s two semifinals.


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