As­cen­sion claims Vol­leyFest ti­tle

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate of Bay Roberts was a big win­ner at the Vol­leyFest tour­na­ment in St. John’s, held Oct. 30-31, cap­tur­ing the se­nior high fe­male B ti­tle.

As­cen­sion man­aged to come from be­hind in the fi­nal to de­feat St. James Re­gional High School in a three-set bat­tle. As­cen­sion lost a tight first set to the Port aux Basques school by a score of 27-29, but cruised to vic­tory in the next two by scores of 25-12 and 15-9.

As­cen­sion also com­peted in the se­nior high male B tour­na­ment, but was un­able to crack the top-10 rank­ings af­ter round-robin play to qual­ify for the play­offs.

The fe­male team man­aged to com­pile a 3-1 record in the round-robin. It started off on the wrong foot in a match against Prince of Wales Col­le­giate, los­ing in three sets by a score of 2522, 13-25, and 15-5, but bounced back in its sec­ond game against O’Donel High School, dom­i­nat­ing the Mount Pearl team in straight sets, 25-10 and 25-7.

The team was busy on Satur­day, play­ing in five games, in­clud­ing the fi­nal. The Astros beat Clarenville High School in three sets. The vic­tory was a sweet one for As­cen­sion, as the team had lost to Clarenville the pre­vi­ous week­end in the semi-fi­nals of the Sub­way Clas­sic.

It com­pleted round-robin play with a win over Cloud River Academy from Rod­dick­ton in three sets.

Af­ter a straight-set win against the Bish­ops Col­lege ju­nior team from St. John’s in the quar­ter-fi­nals, the Astros de­feated Mount Pearl Se­nior High in a close three-set­ter.

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