Vanier sweeps Avon­lea in boys vol­ley­ball ac­tion

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports -

The Vanier Vik­ings ap­par­ently want noth­ing to do with the dog­fight for sec­ond place tak­ing place be­hind them in the Moose Jaw high school boys vol­ley­ball league.

The Vik­ings im­proved to 5-0 on the sea­son with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) vic­tory over the Avon­lea Ea­gles on Oct. 10, mov­ing two wins clear of the three teams bat­tling for sec­ond – Cen­tral (4-2), Avon­lea (3-3) and Cor­ner­stone Chris­tian School (3-3). “We’re pretty happy, we made a lot of er­rors tonight but we were able to come back,” said Vik­ings se­nior mid­dle Ri­ley Fol­lens­bee. “We knew what we needed to do and bounced back each time.”

With things so close among the teams be­hind them, stay­ing out of the fray while throw­ing a wrench into the mix them­selves was part of the plan, see­ing how the three lower teams are all tied with 3-2 records head­ing into play that night.

“They were on a three-game win streak so we wanted to slow that down, and we’re on a streak our­selves so we wanted to keep it go­ing,” Fol­lens­bee said. “We def­i­nitely want to keep rolling and do ev­ery­thing we can to stay in first.”

Vanier’s suc­cess has largely been the prod­uct of ex­pe­ri­ence – they took the court with an vet­eran-laden team last year and al­most ev­ery­one re­turned, which has led to them drop­ping only two sets through their first five matches this sea­son.

“It comes from ex­pe­ri­ence, we only lost our set­ter from last year since he was in Grade 12,” Fol­lens­bee said when asked about the key to their un­de­feated record. “Then we picked up the set­ter from last year’s (city cham­pion) ju­nior team, so that helps with pass­ing and know­ing where to be and ev­ery­thing.”

The Cy­clones took sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place in the other game that evening, as they downed Cor­ner­stone 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) at Cen­tral.

In girls league play, Cor­ner­stone picked up their first win, de­feat­ing over Cen­tral 3-1 (25-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-21) to im­prove to 1-5; the Cy­clones dropped to 1-6.

Pea­cock leads the girls stand­ings with a 6-0 record, two wins bet­ter than Vanier at 4-1.

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