Southwest Fusion 16U boys win silver at volleyball nationals


Published on May 9, 2017

Southwest Fusion 16U boys volleyball team, silver medal winners in tier 3 at nationals in Waterloo, Ontario, May 7.

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TUSKET -- After a hard-fought title match that went the distance and then some, the Southwest Fusion 16U boys volleyball team were national silver medalists.

Playing in Waterloo, Ontario, over the May 5-7 weekend and facing the Durham Attackers for the tier 3 championship, the Southwest Fusion team dropped the first set 25-19 but took the second 25-22.

The Fusion team was leading 14-11 in the third set one of their key players, Alex Cottreau, went down, twisting his ankle.

The Fusion eventually lost it 22-20, ending what Claudette Deveau, the Fusion head coach, said was a “very intense” game.

“It went back and forth, back and forth,” she said. “It went tooth-and-nail the whole way.”

Reflecting on it later, she said her team’s performance in the nationals was the best she had ever seen them play.

The Fusion team had finished third in their tournament pool, which put them in tier 3. They then won all of their matches on Saturday and continued winning on Sunday in the elimination round, eventually facing Durham in the final, where they came up just short.

The team consists of six Grade 10 players and three Grade 9s, all students at École secondaire de Par-en-Bas.

This was the same group of Fusion players that had won 16U silver at provincials a couple of weeks earlier. The same team – with the addition of one older player – had then placed third in 18U provincials a week before nationals.