CEC girls defend title at Cougar Classic
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.