Vanier wins ju­nior boys vol­ley­ball ti­tle

Vik­ings cap off im­pres­sive sea­son in style with straight-sets vic­tory over Cen­tral

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - SPORTS - RANDY PALMER

Take a hand­ful of raw ath­let­icsm, throw in some solid skills and sprin­kle in just a bit of an edge and you have the mak­ing of a city cham­pion in any sport.

So it came as no suprise when the Vanier Vik­ings used those three facets per­fectly on their way to claim­ing the Moose Jaw high school ju­nior boys city cham­pi­onship Mon­day at Vanier.

The Vik­ings de­feated the Cen­tral Cy­clones in straight sets 25-19, 25-15 to claim the ti­tle.

“The boys played fan­tas­tic,” said coach Ryan Turber­field. “We knew we were off when Ryann Cabral hit that one straight down and then our boys just went from there. That kind of set the tone and erupted us and we played ex­tremely well.

“We had a tough op­po­nent tonight, we have a lot of re­spect for Cen­tral, and whoever we were go­ing to play in the fi­nal was go­ing to be tough. We were for­tu­nate enough to have a lot of Grade 10s with us this year, we have eight Grade 10s, and it’s a com­bi­na­tion of the prac­tices we had last year and the suc­cess we had last year pay­ing off.”

The Vik­ings showed off a blis­ter­ing front row at­tack high­lighted by a hand­ful of play­ers demon­strat­ing im­pres­sive ver­ti­cal­ity, lead­ing to plenty of solid kills. That was all part of the plan all sea­son, said Turber­field.

“I’d like to take credit for (play­ers leap­ing abil­ity), but I think that’s all ge­net­ics there,” he said with a laugh. “We’re really for­tu­nate to have some boys who can really lift off and get really high. That’s some­thing we preached all year, ball up and balls down, we want to play a mean and in­tim­i­dat­ing game. You can tip in ju­nior ball and get some points that way, but the fundamentals are im­por­tant and hit­ting is huge in se­nior ball, so that’s what we’ve been work­ing on all year.”

In ad­di­tion to show­ing they were the best team in the league this year, the win also in­di­cates how bright the fu­ture is for Vanier vol­ley­ball when it comes to the se­nior ranks.

“These guys are a tight group, they’re a great group of young men and I know they’re go­ing to do great things for Vanier and vol­ley­ball in Moose Jaw go­ing for­ward,” Turber­field said.

RANDY PALMER/TIMES-HER­ALD

The Vanier Vik­ings ju­nior boys vol­ley­ball team gather for the cus­tom­ary team photo af­ter win­ning the Moose Jaw high school city cham­pi­onship on Mon­day.

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