Peacock steals set from Central
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Brandt Thul of the Central Cyclones watches as his spike floats in the air after Payton Denet (12) and Eric Forbes (7) blocked it during senior boys volleyball action on Tuesday evening at Central. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Central Cyclones learned a small, but important lesson on Tuesday evening — at the hands of the Peacock Toilers.
In a game of volleyball, a team must play defence if they want to win sets.
“It was a little frustrating to watch knowing we are capable of so much better,” stated Cyclones head coach Shaune Gray. “When they want to play, their offensive power is probably one of the strongest in the province. Our defence is our downfall right now. We just like to swing, swing, swing.”
The Cyclones defeated the Toilers 3-1 in senior boys volleyball action at Central on Tuesday evening.
Central dominated the first set by a 25-10 score.
“We had trouble passing. We haven’t seen a lot of teams that serve that well and I thought as the play went on, we adjusted and started to pass those tougher serves well again,” stated Paul Thoroughgood about the opening set loss.
However, the Toilers battled hard for a 25-22 second set win.
“The guys are pretty excited about that. I think that was one of our goals was to take a set while we were here and I thought the boys did play well,” said Thoroughgood. “They are the strongest program in the city, by a long stretch. For us to take one off them, that is one of the steps that we want to do.”
The Cyclones then continued to dominate the third set 25-16 and the fourth set was closer than it should have been with the Cyclones winning 25-16.
“On the negative side, the games that we lost were wide margins and one of our goals is to be more competitive with them in all games, not just one where they have a couple bench players,” said Throughgood. “The forth game where we got way down was a little disappointing. I thought we gave up a lot of points that we didn’t really make them earn…we just didn’t get them over the net because of the passing errors and that is one of the things we need to improve on.”
Gray hopes his team learned a lesson of playing both sides of the ball after other teams found that weakness in Lumsden at a tournament over the weekend.
“We’ve been starting to work on that because that is our weak spot right now,” he said. “They all know better and they get a little lazy on the execution part. They all know what they are supposed to do, but it is just doing it.”
The Cyclones didn’t allow the dropped set to diminish their play in the final two sets as they continued to provide powerful offence and great serves to take control of the match.
“I just told them they needed to play better,” said Gray. “It is nice to see them fight back and rebound after having that bad set.”
In other senior boys action, Caronport beat Avonlea 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20).
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