Vanier con­tin­ues boys vol­ley­ball roll

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports -

Vanier Vik­ings have emerged as the team to beat through the early part of the Moose Jaw high school boys vol­ley­ball league sea­son.

The Vik­ings im­proved to 4-0 af­ter a pair of vic­to­ries over two of their clos­est com­peti­tors this week, with a 3-1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17) win over Corner­stone on Sept. 25 to go along with a 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18) vic­tory against Cen­tral on Sept. 27.

Both wins fea­tured Vanier putting their ex­pe­ri­ence and skill to good use – a prod­uct of plenty of time play­ing to­gether for the core crew of veter­ans.

“It’s been re­ally nice to watch th­ese guys grow,” said Vik­ings coach Levi Broda. “For a lot of them, it’s their third year with the team so it’s nice to see that their hard work has paid off and they’re com­ing out strong. There’s still lots of work to do, that’s for sure... the boys are com­pet­ing hard and chas­ing down the abil­ity to say that we’re play­ing con­sis­tently good. Some­thing like con­sis­tency in vol­ley­ball is tough to achieve but we’re well on our way to do­ing that.”

Vanier’s abil­ity to pass the ball has been one of their keys in the early go­ing, as they’ve been able to get the ball to the front row in good shape and cre­ate plenty of of­fence from there. Then there’s their over­all depth – the Vik­ings won the ju­nior boys vol­ley­ball league last sea­son and grad­u­ates from that pro­gram have moved up to se­nior and heav­ily bol­stered the Vanier ros­ter.

“We have a ros­ter of 10 and we can put any guy in any time and it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be able to coach a team like that,” Broda said. “Not only for en­ergy, but guys to come in off the bench and be a spark plug out there and re­ally change the tide of games.” That’s likely go­ing to be im­por­tant down the road as the two four-game wins showed in part. Both Cen­tral and Corner­stone have also put to­gether some im­pres­sive show­ings in the early go­ing, some­thing Broda ex­pects will keep things in­ter­est­ing all sea­son long.

In other boys league ac­tion Tues­day, Avon­lea de­feated Pea­cock 3-1 and Cen­tral took a 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-23) over Bri­er­crest Chris­tian Academy. In Thurs­day’s other game Avon­lea downed BCA 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-13).

In girls league play on Tues­day, Vanier de­feated Corner­stone 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-15) and Bri­er­crest downed Cen­tral 3-0 (2520, 25-13, 25-17). Games on Thurs­day saw a pair of sweeps as Pea­cock rolled past Corner­stone 25-18, 26-24, 25-15 and Vanier de­feated Cen­tral 25-11, 25-9, 25-7.

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