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Daniel Holzer of the Central Cyclones jumps up to block a kill from Jordan Logan from then Vanier Vikings during senior boys volleyball action on Thursday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Mistakes are always made in sports, but the team that makes the most usually ends up on the losing end.
Although the Vanier Vikings started their match against the Central Cyclones with confidence, the errors changed the course of the game.
“We had a really good start and I was really happy with how we looked. We made them make mistakes at the start and then the ball started showing up on our end a little bit more and we started making mistakes,” explained Vanier’s head coach Levi Broda. “At times, we were scared to make mistakes and we weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be against a team like that.”
The Cyclones won in three sets, 25-12, 25-13 and 25-15 on Thursday evening in senior boys volleyball action at Vanier Collegiate.
“We started off a bit slow, but then we just picked it up and played better,” said Dalton Wolfe of the Cyclones. “We played pretty good. The young guys came in and we helped them out. It was good.”
The Cyclones utilized their younger bench players and gave some veteran guys some sets off.
“It is good practice for them to play in games,” said Wolfe. “It is good to get them in against other teams instead of just us in practice all the time.”
The Vikings showed some fight throughout the match, but with the many powerful offensive weapons that the Cyclones have, it was hard for Vanier to battle for every point.
By playing a high calibre team like the Cyclones, it showed what areas the Vikings still need to work on throughout the season, including on court communication.
“It is good in the sense that we have been talking all year about defence first and it really solidified some of our ideas of where we need to be on the court and the kids really saw that when they are in the right spot, they can get the ball up. We were really lazy at some points too,” stated Broda. “This is something I will say for the rest of my life, but communication. I was real happy with our effort and happy with our passing, but we could always be communicating better and taking charge out there.”
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