Saints edge Memorial to reclaim Niki King Memorial
-by Bill Dunphy
Tournament MVP Jenna Pierce, of the SAERC Saints, digs a ball out while teammates Jenny Beaton and Cailey McNamara, and coach David MacIsaac look on during action at the 5th Annual Niki King Memorial volleyball tournament.
It was the kind of victory Niki King would have enjoyed leading her SAERC Saints to: winning back a title they had lost the previous season.
Such was the case on Saturday when the Saints reclaimed the Niki King Memorial tournament, defeating the team that beat them last year – the Memorial Marauders.
The fifth year for the girls’ volleyball tourney, the Marauders were undefeated in the Tier 1 round-robin with a 3-0 record.
The Saints, who lost only to Memorial, were 2-1; followed by the Dalbrae Dragons, 1-2; and Sydney Academy, 0-3.
SAERC came out strong in the first game of the championship, cruising to a 25-16 win. However, the Marauders came back for a 25-20 win to force game three. The hard-fought game went into overtime as the Saints rallied for a 16-14 win.
In semifinal action, SAERC advanced to the final with a 2-0 win over Dalbrae. Memorial defeated Sydney Academy 2-0 in the other semi.
The Dragons defeated Sydney Academy 2-1 in the bronze-medal game.
Jenna Pierce was named the Tier 1 most valuable player. Joining her on the all-star team were: Madison Timmons, SAERC; Danielle MacNeil, Dalbrae; Brandi Ferguson, Sydney Academy; and Memorial’s Kenzie Sampson and Allison White.
Coaches awards were presented to the following players: Melissa Bland, SAERC; Shania Vance, Sydney Academy; Jasmin Cameron, Dalbrae; and Aunalee Robinson, Memorial.
In Tier 2 action, St. Mary’s Academy defeated Dr. John Hugh Gillis Junior Varsity. Richmond picked up the bronze medals with a win over the Cape Breton Highlands Huskies.
Jordan Laing, of St. Mary’s, was named the Tier 2 MVP. Also named to the all-star team were: Nicole Burns, St. Mary’s; Taylor MacLean and Jessa Gardner, Dr. J.H. Gillis.
Coaches awards were known for just two players: Madison Melnick, SAERC J.V.; and Cassey Deveau, CBHA.
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