It was a historic night for the École-sur-Mer Sharks on Tuesday.
The Summerside-based French-language school won its first-ever P.E.I. School Athletic Association intermediate volleyball championships by sweeping the A titles.
The École-sur-Mer girls defeated the Souris Spartans 3-0 at Kinkora Regional High School while the boys’ team won 3-0 over the Montague Storm in its gold-medal match at Montague Intermediate School.
Led by tournament most valuable player Lydia Enman, the Sharks took control of the final in the first set. With the Sharks clinging to a slim 11-9 lead, a six-point service rotation by Enman opened up a 17-9 lead. The Sharks would go on to win the opening set 25-19.
In the second set, a six-point rotation by all-star Emma McInnis sparked the Sharks to a 25-16 win.
The third set was close throughout and the Spartans led 22-21. But after the Sharks forced a side-out, Charlie DesRoches served the last three points to give École-sur-Mer a 25-22 win and the provincial title.
In the bronze-medal match, the Kinkora Blazers won its fourth provincial medal in the past five years after sweeping the Francois Buote Jaguars 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18).
In the semifinals, École-sur-Mer swept Francois Buote 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-16) while the Spartans got by the Blazers in five sets. Scores were 13-25, 25-17, 25-9, 23-25, 15-7).
It was evident from the first set of the boys’ gold-medal match that the hitting capabilities of the Sharks would be a lot for the Storm to handle.
After dropping the first set 25-15, Montague stormed back in a back-and-forth nail-biter of a second set. The Sharks’ serving was the edge they needed to win a 29-27 for a 2-0 lead.
École-sur-Mer pulled away in the third to capture the provincial championship banner with a 25-11 win.
The Athena Hawks claimed the bronze medal with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Grace Christian in the third-place game. Scores 25-23, 24-26,17-25, 25-16, 15-8).
In the semifinals, Montague defeated Athena 3-0 (25-18, 25-21,25-23) and the undefeated Sharks swept Grace Christian 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-20).École-sur-Mer’s Noah Farrell was named the most valuable player of the provincial championship tournament.
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- PEISAA intermediate A volleyball championships awards:
- Most valuable player – Lydia Enman, École-sur-Mer.
- All-stars – Jenny Chaisson, Souris; Kalista Theriault, Francois Buote; Taylor Caissie, École-sur-Mer; Emma McInnis, École-sur-Mer, and Sydney Muttart, Kinkora.
- Most valuable player – Noah Farrell, École-Sur-Mer.
- All-stars – Carson Wight, Montague; Thomas MacEachern, Montague; David Caron, École-Sur-Mer; Juan Balderas, Grace Christian, and Campbell Wadman, Athena.