The West Prince Islanders won a bronze medal at a tournament hosted by the Valley Skyhawks recently in Aylesford, N.S.
After starting play with a 2-0 (19-25, 25-23) loss to the Truro Tide, the Islanders came away with a 2-0 (25-23, 25-21) win over the Antigonish Storm.
“The boys had a rough start, but picked up their game as the evening went on,” said Islanders co-coach Allan Clark. “Part of this trip each year is our team billeting with the Skyhawk players, and getting a chance to make new friends. This was certainly the case again this year.”
In the quarter-finals, the Islanders faced CVC from Dartmouth, N.S. The Islanders took the first set 25-20, and squeaked out a 28-26 victory in set two.
West Prince lost 2-0 (25-12, 25-17) to the Skyhawks in the semifinal.
“Serve and serve receive were a problem for most of the weekend,” said Clark.
The Islanders defeated the Valley Wave from Wolfville, N.S., 2-0 (25-21, 28-26) in the bronze-medal match.
“Overall, we were quite pleased with how our guys played,” said Islanders co-coach Adam Gallant. “We came here with only seven guys, and were certainly younger than most of the other teams here.
“Nova Scotia teams have been playing for three months whereas we have only been going for one month, losing a lot of gym time due to the poor weather we have experienced over the past few weeks.”
Both coaches said they are looking forward to the next three weeks on P.E.I., and the provincial championships being hosted at Holland College on May 3. The Islanders hope to have a team in both the under-16 and under-18 divisions.
The Islanders’ next tournament is being hosted by the Charlottetown Aces at Colonel Gray High School on Wednesday.