Teams still assessing options and systems
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Cortni Dixon of the Peacock Toilers just tips the ball past the outstretched hands of Marissa Wilson (4) and Paige Newans (7) of the Central Cyclones during senior girls volleyball action on Tuesday evening at Central. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
As the season is still in the early stages, teams are evaluating and figuring out their own systems while trying to progress.
That was noticeable for both teams throughout the senior girls volleyball match at Central Collegiate on Tuesday evening. The Peacock Toilers visited the Cyclones and won 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14).
“I think early in the season, we are just focused on getting our system down pat and working on ball control. I think most teams can say that at the beginning of the year, it is not so much about the things that are being run on the opposite side of the court, but more about stabilization on your own (side),” explained Jenn Prokopetz, co-coach for Peacock.
Although the score wasn’t as close as the Cyclones would have wanted it to be, they are still attempting to find the right positions for everyone and build chemistry on the court.
“I think it is still early in the season and we got to figure out what works and there are some areas that we can work on. There will always be areas…even the best teams in the world have areas to work on,” stated Joe Gunnis, co-coach with the Cyclones. “I was proud of the way the team came out. We hit the ball hard in some cases. We were in the right position on defence in a lot of cases and that’s all I can ask for. As we get more experience and as we fine-tune and tweak things, it will get better from here.”
It was the Cyclones home opener and both teams came eager for the game.
“The gym was really pumping when we walked in. They had the music blasting during warm-up and it was just a great start to the night,” said Prokopetz. “The thing about playing in Central is that everything feels so close and so big — every kill feels really huge and every block feels really huge. It was fun for the girls to play in that environment and we can get lost in our gym because it is bigger. We always love playing here.”
Throughout the match, the Cyclones never quit trying to earn points from the Toilers, as they dove for every close ball and attacked the net whenever possible.
“One thing this team has is a never quit attitude…it doesn’t matter what the score is, it doesn’t matter who is on the floor…this team continues to push through and do the things they need to do to get better. That is of the utmost importance,” said Gunnis. “The team is growing and continually getting better and that is what our goal is. Peacock is a skilled team and we are looking forward to the re-match.”
In other senior girls volleyball action, Caronport defeated Rouleau 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 25-15).
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