CEC girls de­fend ti­tle at Cougar Clas­sic

Truro Daily News - - Sports -

The Cobe­quid Cougars have gone back-to-back.

The Cougars edged de­fend­ing pro­vin­cial cham­pion Ci­tadel Phoenix in a thrilling three-set fi­nal to cap­ture their sec­ond straight Cougar Clas­sic tour­na­ment ti­tle.

Af­ter drop­ping the first set, the Cougars came roar­ing back to win the sec­ond set and car­ried that mo­men­tum for­ward to win the third set 15-12.

This is the first time this sea­son that the two teams have met.

The Cougars JV team won the con­so­la­tion play­off, de­feat­ing the Parkview Pan­thers in straight sets to fin­ish in 11th place in the 25team tour­na­ment.

This is the third tour­na­ment win for the Var­sity Cougars this sea­son af­ter nab­bing gold at the Kens­ing­ton, P.E.I. tour­na­ment and the Bridge­wa­ter in­vi­ta­tional. The Var­sity Cougars fin­ished first in their round-robin pool with straight-set wins over Hor­ton, Riverview, Dart­mouth High, and Three Oaks.

Af­ter the com­ple­tion of the five round-robin pools, CEC was ranked first go­ing into the cham­pi­onship play­off rounds. The Cougars posted straight-set wins over Northum­ber­land in the quar­ter­fi­nals and Sir John A in the semi­fi­nals to ad­vance to the fi­nal.

The JV Cougars fin­ished third in their pool with straight-set wins over Yar­mouth and SAERC, a 1-1 split with Char­lot­te­town Ru­ral and a straight-set loss to C. P. Allen. The first set against C. P. Allen was one of the high­lights of the tour­na­ment with the Bed­ford school edg­ing out the JV Cougars 36-34. C.P. Allen went on to win bronze. In the con­so­la­tion play­offs, the JV Cougars had straight-set wins over SAERC and West Kings to ad­vance to the con­so­la­tion fi­nal against Parkview.

Lead­ing the Var­sity Cougars at- tack was Mad­die Greatorex with 32 kills, fol­lowed by Maddy Ball with 26 kills and Emma For­tu­nato with 24. Mad­die Greatorex led the team in at­tack per­cent­age with 36.1. The lo­cal girls served tough all week­end. Caitlin Whooten had 16 aces and 59 suc­cess­ful serves, while Mariah Put­nam had 14 aces and 56 suc­cess­ful serves. Greatorex was the top serve re­ceiver with 19 per­fect passes and a 2.17 serve re­ceive aver­age fol­lowed by Caitlin Whooten with 13 per­fect passes and a 2.17 serve re­ceive aver­age.

Whooten led the team on de­fence with 26 spike digs fol­lowed by Ball with 15 spike digs while Mariah Put­nam had nine spike digs and 10 tip digs. For­tu­nato led CEC in block­ing with seven stuff blocks and 26 con­tinue blocks while Ma­cailin Tan­ner had five stuff blocks and 27 con­tinue blocks. Put­nam had an out­stand­ing week­end as the Cougars set­ter, chas­ing down balls all over the court and set­ting a bal­anced at­tack.

Han­nah Hunt­ley re­turned to the CEC lineup this week­end and had an im­me­di­ate im­pact on both of­fence and de­fence.

Lead­ing the JV Cougars at­tack were Syd­ney David­son and Alex Mar­shall with 24 kills each. David­son was also the lead­ing server with 21 aces and 59 suc­cess­ful serves. Ab­bie Langille had 10 aces and only one serv­ing er­ror, while Molly Mar­quis led the team in serve-re­ceive with 18 per­fect passes fol­lowed by Macken­zie Math­e­son with 16 and David­son with 15. Ge­orgie Bai­ley led the team on de­fence with 15 spike digs while Mar­quis had 10 spike digs and 13 tip digs. Alex Mar­shall was the top blocker with six stuff blocks and 21 con­tinue blocks. Ab­bie Archibald turned in a solid per­for­mance as the start­ing set­ter for the JV Cougars. This week­end, the Var­sity Cougars will com­pete in the Dal­housie High School In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment.

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