Cougars top Royals

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Cobequid captures Northumberland region boys volleyball title

Cougars top Royals

TRURO - The Cobequid Cougars knew getting out of the gate early was key.
They did just that, winning all four sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-16, 25-15) in the second leg of their boys volleyball Northumberland Region final Wednesday against the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals to take the banner.
"It feels really good," said Grade 11 middle Ben Fraser. "We worked hard all year and it's a great accomplishment for us. We felt like we came up short in some of our tournaments so it's nice to come through and win
something."
The victory gives the Cougars a berth at the NSSAF provincial championship tournament at Horton Dec. 4 and 5.
The Cougars entered the second leg of the final at the Antigonish school on the heels of the 4-1 win Tuesday at CEC, meaning Cobequid had to win just two of a possible six sets in enemy
territory.
With the Royals typically getting plenty of support on home soil, the Cougars wanted to get those two sets early on. They opened an 18-6 lead in the opening set and quieting the Gillis fans.
"We were able to take the crowd out of it and we took control from there," said Cougars coach Harvey MacEachern.
Grade 11 middle Lincoln Watson made nine kills in 14 attempts, along with three stuffs and four assists while libero Kyle Kaiser passed at 70 per cent efficiency. Kristen O'Brien chipped in nine digs.
"I think our passing was really key," Fraser said. "Passing is important for us because it lets us run different attacks and our defence was great too."
The Cougars are happy to earn a pass directly to provincials, rather than having to go through a qualifier next weekend, as was the case a year ago.
"We're really pleased," MacEachern said. "We took control and did the work necessary and then we continued to play well after already clinching the banner."

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Organizations: Antigonish school

Geographic location: Northumberland

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