Toil­ers down Fal­cons in girls vol­ley­ball

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The Pea­cock Toil­ers might have come out of their Moose Jaw high school girls vol­ley­ball con­test against the Corner­stone Chris­tian School Fal­cons with a straight-sets vic­tory, but that’s not to say it was overly easy.

Not af­ter a 25-22 bat­tle in the first game and a hand­ful of near come­backs for the Fal­cons in the Toil­ers 25-11 and 25-14 wins as they took a 3-0 vic­tory at Pea­cock. In the end, though, it was the Toil­ers serve game that made the dif­fer­ence. Any time Corner­stone got close, a seven- or eight-point Pea­cock ser­vice run would fol­low and put the game out of reach.

That would just be how it goes if it hadn’t been such a bug-a-boo for Corner­stone all sea­son.

“We were play­ing on the week­end we lost the gold medal game play­ing the South­west Light­ning. We were up 23-16 and we lost... it was just one girl on a serv­ing run,” ex­plained coach Lee Behrns. “So, we said to­day we have to limit those ser­vice runs, and we tried, but there were girls who would go on a seven-point run and then ev­ery­one tenses up a bit and it just snow­balls.” It cer­tainly didn’t hurt that the Toil­ers had a marked ad­van­tage in size and ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially in the front row where the Fal­cons were forced to start two Grade 9s with vet­eran mid­dle Rachel Schultz out of the lineup.

“I thought they did pretty well for be­ing up against a team like that,” Behrns said. “It’s good for them to see that, too. When we play 5A schools like this, it re­ally helps us im­prove so when we play schools our own size we’re able to win, and we’ve been see­ing that this year al­ready.”

For the Toil­ers, it’s been a sea­son of get­ting fa­mil­iar with one an­other. That can mean the oc­ca­sional slow or tough start but matches like that are be­com­ing fewer and fewer as the year goes on.

“Our team is re­ally start­ing to work to­gether and stuff, at the be­gin­ning it was a lit­tle rough, we were heavy on our toes, but we started mov­ing a lot bet­ter and were en­cour­ag­ing other,” Toil­ers vet­eran Abby Busch said of Thurs­day’s win. “We’re get­ting up there, we still have a lot of work to do but we’re play­ing well and get­ting bet­ter.”

In other girls league ac­tion, the Vanier Spir­its took a 3-0 (25-22, 25-9, 25-10) win over the Cen­tral Cy­clones. In the lone boys match on the night, Avon­lea took a 3-0 win over Corner­stone Chris­tian School.

Corner­stone’s Eva Gray gets her hand on a kill at­tempt by Pea­cock’s Olivia Mowchenko.

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