Destiny Discover
We Are Hiring

Cardinals bring their ‘A’ game

By Larry Moko

The St. John Henry Newman Cardinals are off to a flying start in defence of their 2021 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic boys’ high school volleyball championship.

Newman won its third match in as many starts Tuesday, a 2-1 decision over the Braves at St. Jean de Brebeuf.

That loss dropped Brebeuf to 2-1 and a tie for second in the eight-team senior standings.

Newman took the first set, 25-16, lost the second, 23-25, and breezed to a 25-8 victory in the deciding set.

“We came in here and knew it was a battle for first place,” Cardinals coach Paul Augustin said. “We brought our ‘A’ game. Brebeuf is a good team.”

A key factor in the opening game was that Brebeuf lost points on seven occasions when they failed to serve the ball in play.

“Especially in the first set if we made our serves it would have been a whole different game,” Brebeuf coach Jennifer Saltarelli said.

In the second set, Newman rallied from a 20-12 deficit and narrowed the gap to 24-23 before a kill by Jacob Collins capped the scoring and gave Brebeuf the win.

“We made some changes in the second set,” Augustin explained. “We tried to experiment a little. But we got back to basics in the third.”

With Tyson Reynolds serving at the outset of the third set for Newman, he scored three aces as the Cardinals raced to a 7-0 lead. Matthew Szczepanski’s block finally got the home team on the board.

“It was really good to start with a run like that,” Reynolds said. “It gave us the momentum and carried us for the rest of the set.”

Said Augustin: “When Tyson gets on a roll he’s pretty much unstoppable. He’s a strong server and a lot of teams have trouble adapting to it.”

A captain and setter for Newman, Reynolds plays at the club level, too, for the Halton Hurricanes.

The Cardinals lineup also features 6-foot-9 middle Michael Rendulic. He represents Mountain Athletic Club and will be training with the Team Ontario Elite program this season.

“Michael is an excellent middle,” the Newman coach said. “He brings a lot more than size. He’s a smart player. He clicks well with our setters, as well. Michael is a real force out there.”

Nathan Nikolic and Matthew Perron were a couple of the other top point-getters for Newman, while Nolan Tuck contributed as one of Brebeuf’s leading scorers along with Collins and Szczepanski.

“I think we learned where our areas of improvement need to be,” Saltarelli said.

Other games Tuesday saw the Bishop Ryan Celtics edge the ACMT Jaguars, 2-1, and the St. Thomas More Knights top the Cathedral Gaels, 2-0.





Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham

Photo by Gerry Graham
Photo by Gerry Graham