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COXHEATH, N.S. —

Kolby Bussey and Emily Phillipo can hardly believe their high school volleyball careers are almost over.

The graduating players have played with Riverview’s volleyball program for a number of the years and are currently in their final season.

Both Bussey and Phillipo will take to the court for their final games this weekend when Riverview hosts the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 girls’ provincial championship at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines.

The two-day tournament will be played at Memorial because Riverview’s gym isn’t big enough to have two courts for the provincial event.

Kolby Bussey
Kolby Bussey

“It’s pretty sad knowing this will be our final high school volleyball games,” said Bussey. “I’m not ready for it to be over, so it will definitely be emotional.”

Riverview will be joined in the eight-team tournament by Sydney Academy, Charles P. Allen of Bedford, Park View of Bridgewater, Halifax West, Lockview of Fall River, Horton of Wolfville, and Cobequid Educational Centre of Truro.

Royals head coach James MacLellan believes the tournament will feature the strongest girls’ volleyball competition in the province at the high school level.

“We have tournaments throughout the province, but it’s not too often that you have all the best teams in one spot at the same time,” said MacLellan, who started coaching the volleyball program at the school six years ago.

“We’ve played most of the teams throughout the season at one point because we do a lot of travelling for volleyball, but this weekend should bring an extremely high level of play.”

Because there’s no official volleyball league in Cape Breton, the Royals have played in six tournaments this season. The team finished first in a tournament in Port Hawkesbury and second in another event in Halifax.

“We have a really nice team this year, we’re extremely competitive,” said MacLellan. “If we’re rolling this weekend, we could definitely contend for the title.”

The Riverview program, which has seven graduating players this year, advanced to the provincial championship tournament in each of the past six years.

Last year, the Royals were defeated in the tournament by the eventual provincial champion, Dartmouth High School, and the provincial finalist, Cobequid Educational Centre.

Riverview last won a volleyball provincial championship in 2010, the same year the school captured provincial titles in cheerleading and girls' soccer.

Emily Phillipo
Emily Phillipo

“It would be awesome to win the provincials in our final year,” said Phillipo, who currently plays for Volleyball Nova Scotia’s under-17 provincial team.

“It would be a big accomplishment to have our names on the wall at Riverview — it would be like leaving our legacy.”

The Royals will open the tournament Friday (Dec.6) at 1 p.m. against Park View. The team will also play at 4 p.m. against Halifax West, and 7 p.m. against Charles P. Allen.

Riverview and Sydney Academy aren’t the only Cape Breton schools participating in volleyball provincials this weekend.

Dalbrae Academy and Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy will compete in the Division 2 boys provincials in Middleton.

Strait Area Education Recreation Centre will host the Division 2 girls’ provincials in Port Hawkesbury. Richmond Academy will also play in the tournament. Games are scheduled to be played at SAERC and Tamarac Education Centre, beginning Friday.

In the Division 3 girls’ provincials, Inverness Education Centre/Academy and École NDA of Cheticamp will compete for a provincial title at École acadienne de Pomquet in Pomquet.


SCHEDULE

Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Girls Volleyball Provincials

Hosted by Riverview High School at Memorial High School, Sydney Mines

Pool ‘A’ – Riverview, Charles P. Allen, Park View and Halifax West

Pool ‘B’ – Sydney Academy, Lockview, Horton and Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC)

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

  • 1 p.m. – Riverview vs. Park View
  • 1 p.m. – Charles P. Allen vs. Halifax West
  • 2:30 p.m. – Sydney Academy vs. CEC
  • 2:30 p.m. – Horton vs. Lockview
  • 4 p.m. – Riverview vs. Halifax West
  • 4 p.m. – Park View vs. Charles P. Allen
  • 5:30 p.m. – Sydney Academy vs. Horton
  • 5:30 p.m. – CEC vs. Lockview
  • 7 p.m. – Riverview vs. Charles P. Allen
  • 7 p.m. – Halifax West vs. Park View
  • 8:30 p.m. – Horton vs. CEC
  • 8:30 p.m. – Sydney Academy vs. Lockview

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

  • 8:30 a.m. – Fourth in Pool ‘A’ vs. Fourth in Pool ‘B’
  • 10 a.m. – First in Pool ‘A’ vs. Second in Pool ‘B’
  • 11:30 a.m. – First in Pool ‘B’ vs. Second in Pool ‘A’
  • 1 p.m. – Third in Pool ‘A’ vs. Third in Pool ‘B’
  • 2:30 p.m. – Bronze medal match
  • 4 p.m. – Championship match

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