Spirits continue to experiment with positions
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Emma Maelde of the Peacock Toilers spikes a ball just past Amanda Miller (6) of the Vanier Spirits during opening night of senior girls volleyball on Thursday evening at Peacock. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
It didn’t take the Peacock Toilers long to shake off any rust they had from a long off-season.
In fact, they looked ready for anything the Vanier Spirits hit or spiked at them during their opening night of senior girls volleyball action.
“We came into this game just wanting to establish ourselves…find our level of intensity and just get into a little bit of a rhythm and see what our team is going to be like when we are actually in a game situation,” said Peacock co-coach Jenn Prokopetz. “Everything felt really good and everybody that started or came off the bench did a fantastic job. We are really happy with this win.”
The Toilers won in three sets — 25-13, 25-22, 25-10 over the Spirits on Thursday evening at Peacock.
Despite two lopsided sets, Vanier expected a difficult outing in their first match due to inexperience at positions.
“This is pretty much what I was expecting. I knew we were going in with trying some different things and putting people in different spots,” said Vanier’s coach, Rick Bell. “I wasn’t sure really what would happen on the court, but I thought the younger girls might be a little nervous and that showed.”
The Toilers ran away with the first set and handily beat the Spirits, but the second set was a more difficult test. Peacock was up 19-9 at one point, but Vanier battled back to make it their closest set in the match.
“That really impressed me a lot because they stopped talking and stopped moving and they seemed really down on themselves,” explained Bell. “When Jenn called her time out, we picked them back up and they had great serving and good rallies. If we can do that consistently, that will be a good thing.”
In that second set, the Toilers tried to mix things up offensively and try out different options they have in their arsenal.
“There are always trial and error situations before getting your groove going and that’s what happened in the second set,” said Prokopetz. “The girls rallied really well and they showed a couple times they could come back from a deficit.”
The Spirits understood that their opponent was older and more experienced, but they also hope to build on their raw skills throughout the season.
“We played a team with a lot of Grade 12s. Our learning curve is a lot steeper than theirs,” said Bell. “In a month from now and we are still playing like this, we will have troubles, but I can’t see that happening.”
In other girls volleyball action, Caronport defeated Central 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16).
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