KITCHENER - Five St. Marys boys represented the community as members of the Stratford Cobras volleyball team at their provincial tournament here recently.
In the three-day tournament at RIM, Hayden Moore, Jake Watt, Matt Wrigley, Kyle Fennema and Jake Bukich helped the Cobras U-14 team to a fifth-place finish.
Returning players Hayden Moore and Jake Watt played very well throughout the tournament, with Watt demonstrating tremendous leadership in both his play and actions.
As a setter, Watt ran the floor—spreading the ball around to all hitters and keeping opposing defenses off balance. Playing in the setting position and filling in as middle, Moore played very well both offensively and defensively. On the final day as a middle, he showed his all-round versatility.
First-year middles Matt Wrigley and Kyle Fennema did very well in their first provincial tournament.
In the front row defensively, Fennema was a wall—shutting down opposing hitters at will, while offensively he seemed to be able to put the ball on the floor. Playing opposite Fennema was Wrigley. As a younger player on the team, Wrigley was very strong offensively—hitting against players a year older than him.
Throughout the tournament, Wrigley was one of the most reliable servers on the team. Both Fennema and Wrigley did an exceptional job on serve reception, allowing the Cobras’ setters to run a strong offence.
Playing in the right-side position, Jake Bukich was hitting from one of the more difficult positions on the floor. He was a consistent threat on the right side of the net.
At the club’s year-end banquet, both Fennema and Moore were award winners. Although every player improved from the start of the season, it was Fennema who became a player who would be missed the most if he wasn’t playing. He became one of the strongest front-row players the Cobras had, but really stepped out of the box when it came to communicating with his team.
Winning the Ontario Volleyball Association MVP award, Moore was the strongest player both offensively and defensively on the team. Despite being a setter and power-hitter for the entire season, on the final day of the tournament—down two middle players because they were at their provincial basketball tournament—Moore was moved to middle and did exceptionally well.
Congratulations to all five boys on a great season and for their fifth-place finish at the provincials.