BY JOHN DECOSTE
Valley teams enjoyed plenty of success at the Volleyball Nova Scotia provincial club championships played over the past couple of weekends.
On April 26, Valley 16U and 14U boys’ teams claimed provincial championship banners at their tournaments at West Kings.
Led by tournament MVP Tim Roberts, the Valley Waves defeated Metro Lakers in straight sets in the 16U final by scores of 25-10, 25-22.
The Valley Skyhawks 16U boys’ team took the bronze medal at the same tournament, topping Sackville Sonics 25-14, 25-21.
Joe Huyer-Upton of the Waves and Norman Atwell of the Skyhawks joined MVP Roberts on the tournament all-star team.
At the 14U boys’ provincials, a new category this year also played at West Kings, the New Minas Waves capped an undefeated weekend by edging the Truro Tide 25-17, 23-25, 15-13 in an exciting and well-played three-set final.
Girls’ provincials divided into two tiers
The 16U girls’ provincials was divided into two tiers, with the Tier 1 tournament played at Acadia University and the Tier 2 competition at Horton High School.
The host Acadia Waves entered the Tier 1 tournament seeded number one and went undefeated until the final, where the Eclipse prevailed two sets to one by scores of 16-25, 25-16, 15-11.
Led by tournament MVP Melanie Surrette, the Eclipse bounced back from some inconsistent play in the round robin and stepped up their game in the playoffs.
The Sackville Sonics defeated the Bridgewater Chill to claim the bronze medal. Katrina Boudreau of the Eclipse, Jazmin Prest and Jasmine Smith of the Waves, Shania Keith of the Sonics and Stephanie Silver of the Chill joined MVP Surrette as tournament all-stars.
West Hants captures bronze
At the Tier 2 tournament at Horton, Cheticamp Volley used outstanding defense and a strong serving game to top Yarmouth Black Ice and claim the gold medal and provincial banner.
West Hants Wizard, led by tournament all-star Amanda Forsey, defeated Bedford Blizzard two sets to one to claim the bronze medal.
At the 18U boys’ tournament, also played at West Kings, Sackville Sonics won gold, Truro Tide silver and the Valley Waves claimed bronze with a victory over the Metro Hurricanes. The Waves’ Angus Morgan was named a tournament all-star.
At the 14U girls’ Tier 1 tournament played in Antigonish, Cape Breton defeated South West Surge to take provincial gold.
The West Hants Wizards topped Armview Stoirm 27-25, 10-25, 15-3 in the bronze medal contest. Acadia Waves placed eighth overall.
In the 14U girls’ Tier 2 competition, the Valley Skyhawks won gold with a two sets to one victory over Metro Hurricanes by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 15-13. Cape Breton West defeated Middleton 25-20, 25-17 to claim bronze.
BY JOHN DECOSTE