The Charlottetown Rural Raiders beat the Westisle Wolverines in a five-set thriller Saturday to win the provincial senior AAA boys’ volleyball championship.
The Raiders won 25-19, 25-27, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13.
“It feels amazing,” Fola Oluyede said after the final whistle.
The Grade 10 middle ended up serving for the match with his team holding a slim 14-13 lead in front of a large crowd in Colonel Gray’s gym.
“I had to make sure I got it over the net or we could lose the game,” he explained. “It was a lot of pressure, but I’m glad I did it and I’m glad we won.”
The victory is the school’s first since 2007 and they should be in contention again next year, as this year’s team includes only one Grade 12 student.
For photos from the boys' game click here.
The Wolverines, a perennial powerhouse, came into the final without a loss against an Island school this year. While the Raiders respected the Wolverines, they knew they had a chance of winning Saturday, said Dom Ryan.
“We fought all year. We knew we could do it,” he said. “We knew we could play with them.”
The Wolverines beat the Raiders 15-13 in the deciding game four times earlier this season.
“Some people are going to say it was a big upset, and I just don’t think it was,” said Wolverines’ coach Peter Bolo. “These are two really evenly matched teams.”
The Colonel Gray Colonels swept the Bluefield Bobcats 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-14) to claim the girls’ title.
“It feels awesome. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point,” said Grade 12 middle Ellie Beck. “Bluefield is a team that never gives up so we knew had to keep (playing) strong.”
Beck was a member of the Colonels team two years ago when they won the championship and a year ago when they lost to the Bobcats.
For photos from the girls' game click here.
For more see Monday’s print edition of The Guardian.