Volleyball season spiked for Charlotte County teams - May. 13, 2014
St. Stephen's Andrew Dempsey tries to block a shot during regional tournament play.
Volleyball season ended a week too early for Charlotte County’s high school teams.
The Fundy High School Mariners, the St. Stephen High School Spartans and the Sir James Dunn Academy Algonquins boys and girls teams had their season end this weekend at respective regional qualifying tournaments.
The Mariners teams were middle-of-the-pack in the AA level all season long, and failed to advance past regionals. The boys AA South West regional tournament were held in Rothesay, and the home school used it to their advantage, clinching one of two AA berths for provincials allocated to the conference. The second went to Hampton High School. Qualifying from the girls regionals was Woodstock High School and Polyvalente Thomas-Albert. Neither St. Stephen High School team managed to advance past regionals, either.
Sir James Dunn Academy’s girls team failed to reach regionals in what was a rebuilding year, but the boys team had lofty expectations for regionals and beyond. They won their first two games of the A South West qualifying tournament, but lost their final two games to Nackawic High School and Hartland Community School, the host, and the aforementioned two teams were granted spots in provincials.
A number of things worked against the Algonquins over the weekend in their qualifying efforts; not only were they initially on the opposite side of the bracket, which would have allowed an easier schedule, it was announced that only the top two teams would advance to provincials, when it had often been the top four.
“Even with the strong team we had it was a pretty tough go,” said Ben Morrison, Sir James Dunn Academy’s athletic director.
The provincial volleyball championships – A, AA, and AAA – will be held this weekend at the University of New Brunswick campus in Saint John.