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Volleyballers Cole Mackey and Ryan Littlejohn place second at Parlee Beach


Published on August 9, 2017

Cole Mackey (right) alongside teammate Ryan Littlejohn (left) and coach Megan Kalbfleisch (centre).

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This past week some of the top volleyballers in Newfoundland and Labrador took to the sand in New Brunswick.

The 42 young athletes competed in extreme heat, battling not only to win their competition, but against the physical and mental strain created by the heat.

Cole Mackey of Clarenville partnered with Ryan Littlejohn, from Bay Roberts, in the 16 and under male division. They were coached by Megan Kalbfleisch.

The duo was stellar in round robin and early playoff competition going undefeated in all their matches.

But, with temperatures were rising to above 30 C, it put a tremendous strain on the two players.

Littlejohn began cramping up, while Mackey was dizzy and could barely talk. Nurses advised the athletes that it wouldn’t be a good idea to play.

The team forfeited the final match — settling for a silver medal.

However, Mackey told The Packet they still came away with a positive vibe.

“The experience was awesome; especially doing it with your best buddy,” said Mackey.

In an Instagram post following the tournament, Mackey said he couldn't wait to continue playing with Littlejohn for the next four years.

 

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