Mackenzie wins Grade 7 boys volleyball championship
Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Renfrew County Elementary Interschool Athletic Association (RCEIAA) Grade 7 Boys West Volleyball championships was won by Mackenzie Community School. In the photo are (front left to right) team manager Dawson Brush, Summin Luk, Cole Gogolin, Sam Steer, Derek Wang, (back left to right) coach Shelley Dodd, William Wang, Kurt Zhou, Baraa Bem-Letaifa, Dylan Buyers, Ezra Klukas and coach Miranda Kittmer.
DEEP RIVER – Mackenzie staged a stunning comeback Monday defeating Valour to win the Renfrew County Elementary Interschool Athletic Association (RCEIAA) Grade 7 Boys West Volleyball championships.
Ecole L'Equinoxe captured the silver playoff championship beating Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. The day-long tournament, held at Mackenzie Community School, saw 15 schools compete in the conclusion to the Grade 7 volleyball season.
In the gold playoff final, Mackenzie dropped the first of three sets to the Voyageurs 26-24. However, they went on a roll during the second set earning a seven-point lead at one point before taking it with a score of 25-12. Valour's Green squad really didn't mount much offence in the third set allowing Mackenzie to build an insurmoutable 10-1 lead. Mackenzie capped the win claiming the set with a 15-3 result.
The championship Mackenzie team, coached Miranda Kittmer and Shelley Dodd and managed by Dawson Brush, included Cole Gogolin, Derek Wang, Ezra Klukas, Sam, Steer, Summin Luk, Kurt Zhou, Baraa Bem-Letaifa, Dylan Buyers and William Wang.
Mackenzie posted a perfect 6-0 record in the Pool 'A' round robin with victories over Pine View Public School (25-13), Valour Green (25-22), Equinoxe (25-22), Our Lady of Sorrows (25-15), St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School (25-13), and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School (25-11).
Rockwood Public School eclipsed their competition with a 4-2 record that saw wins over Valour Green (25-22), Equinoxe (25-18), Our Lady of Sorrows (25-5), and St. Francis of Assisi (25-8). St. Francis of Assisi had a strong showing with wins over Pine View (25-20), Equinoxe (25-11), Our Lady of Sorrows (25-10) and Our Lady of Lourdes (25-19).
High View dominated the Pool 'B' grouping with a near perfect 5-1 record securing victories over Champlain Discovery Public School (25-6), Jeanne-Lajoie (25-15), Cathedral Catholic School (25-21), Holy Name Catholic School (25-16) and Valour White (25-22). St. Mary's Catholic School equally had an impressive 5-1 run with wins over Champlain Discovery (25-17), Jeanne-Lajoie (25-20), Highview (25-16), Holy Name (25-10) and Valour White (25-15). With a 4-2 record, Cathedral had victories over Champlain (25-11), Holy Name (25-11), Valour White (25-14) and St. Mary's (25-16). Jeanne-Lajoie went 4-2 with wins over Champlain Discovery (25-14), Cathedral (26-24), Holy Name (25-16) and Valour White (25-13).
In the gold quarter-finals, Mackenize beat Cathedral, while Highview dispatched St. Francis. Valour Green advanced over St. Mary's while Jeanne-Lajoie won over Rockwood. In the silver quarter-finals, Lourdes defeated Champlain, while Equinoxe downed Valour White. Pine View knocked out Holy Name.