Pea­cock sweeps Corner­stone in straight sets

Toiler boys pick up four-set win over Fal­cons

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - SHAWN SLAGHT MOOSE JAW TIMES-HER­ALD

Some­times the hard­est games to win are those that start to get out of hand, and the Pea­cock Toil­ers se­nior girls’ volleyball team learned to cope with that in their three­set vic­tory on home court over the Corner­stone Fal­cons on Thurs­day night.

When the score is run­ning up, re­main­ing fo­cused on the task at hand can be a chal­lenge, some­thing that wasn’t lost on the Pea­cock coach­ing staff.

“We were try­ing new things too like peo­ple in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions so then they have to learn dif­fer­ent things and know where to go and help each other out,” said Toil­ers coach Krysta Caplette. “So they have to stay fo­cused to know where to go.”

The Toil­ers opened the match cruis­ing to a 25-14 win in the first set and things con­tin­ued to go down­hill for the Fal­cons in the sec­ond set as Pea­cock took it 25-7.

With the game hang­ing in the bal­ance, Corner­stone didn’t get off to a good start in the third as they dropped six straight points be­fore coach Cam Lewis called a time-out.

“At the start of that game, I just said let’s do two things well — let’s pass well and let’s have some fun and en­joy it and be up no mat­ter what the score is — and we went out for the first six points and didn’t do ei­ther one of those things,” Lewis said.

“We had to call a time-out and get them back on track and they did. They re­ally re­sponded well, I thought that was a key for us.”

Af­ter los­ing an­other point to make it 7-0, the Fal­cons rat­tled off seven straight to tie it up. While Corner­stone was able to keep it close, Pea­cock was too much to han­dle as they took the fi­nal set 25-21.

Over­all, Lewis said they came across a strong Pea­cock squad that they failed to adapt to and strug­gled pass­ing the ball.

“We cer­tainly didn’t do the things that we needed to do,” Lewis said. “We cer­tainly didn’t pass well. When you don’t pass well in this game noth­ing else is go­ing to go right for you.”

One pos­i­tive Lewis did take away from the game was how well his team bounced back and showed re­silience in the third set when things looked bleak.

For the Toil­ers, Caplette said their fo­cus go­ing into the game was serv­ing and serve re­ceiv­ing, adding that it was some­thing they’ve been strug­gling on to be­gin the sea­son. They were also work­ing on new plays and hits they could mix up in games.

Over­all, she said Thurs­day night was a good start for her volleyball team.

“There is def­i­nitely a spot you want to be and we aren’t quite there yet but it’s the start of the sea­son so there is lots of time,” Caplette said.

In the first game of the dou­ble­header at Pea­cock on Thurs­day, the se­nior boys’ squad took a four-set win over their Corner­stone coun­ter­parts.

Pea­cock won the first set in a back-and-forth bat­tle 25-23, be­fore fall­ing back to Corner­stone 25-16 to knot the game to one set each. The Toil­ers were able to re­group to take the fi­nal two sets 25-20 and 25-21.

In other high school se­nior volleyball ac­tion on Thurs­day night at Cen­tral, the Caron­port boys won three straight sets (25-16, 25-19, 25-14) over the host team, while the Cen­tral girls de­feated Avon­lea in three straight sets (25-16, 25-23, 2520).

Next ac­tion for the se­nior squads on Tues­day, Sept. 26, with the Cen­tral girls host­ing Corner­stone and the Vanier girls play­ing host to Pea­cock. Both games start at 7 p.m.

SHAWN SLAGHT/TIMES-HER­ALD

Abby Busch of the Pea­cock Toil­ers goes up for a spike while Sid­ney Gre­gor for the Corner­stone Fal­cons look for the block dur­ing se­nior girls’ volleyball ac­tion Thurs­day at Pea­cock Col­le­giate.

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