Peacock sweeps Cornerstone in straight sets
Toiler boys pick up four-set win over Falcons
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.
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.