Mental mistakes burn Caronport
The Peacock Toilers did something they have wanted to do for a long time.
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Eric Forbes of the Peacock Toilers smashes a ball between a leaping Aaron Enns (1) and Mike Sollid (10) of the Caronport Cougars during senior boys volleyball action at the Reimer Gym in Caronport on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
They finally beat the Caronport Cougars in Caronport.
“This has always been a tough gym for us to play in. It is a low roof and it is loud compared to most of the other gyms in town,” said Peacock’s coach Paul Thoroughgood. “I thought our boys dealt with it reasonably well. Better than we have in the past. It was a good night.”
The Toilers held on for the 3-0 (25-23, 26-24 and 25-20) victory over the Cougars in senior boys volleyball action on Tuesday evening at the Reimer Gym in Caronport.
“We know we didn’t get the result that we wanted. We are disappointed, but at the same time, I am happy that we did things we are working on and the guys that don’t play regularly stepped up and it was almost a seamless transition. There were some positives and I think it was a lot closer than 3-0, but at the same time, they got us,” said Shane Sowden, coach for the Cougars. “This was a really good learning experience for us. Overall, there was so many good things we did and then a 180 would happen and we would start playing horribly.”
It was an up and down game from both teams, as Peacock struggled with the low roof and the Cougars suffered from mental errors on their side of the court.
“It was a really streaky game. I think we were up 14 to low single digits and they came back and tied it up in the second game,” said Thoroughgood. “It was really tight. We played up and down, as did they.”
The Cougars are missing two key starters, but are happy with learning experience a game like this provided. They felt like they proved some good strengths throughout the match, but have to find a way to push through for a win.
“In that second set, you can’t spot a team 14-4. We came all the way back and had the advantage at the end of the game, but then it was just mental mistakes,” stated Sowden. “We are getting to the point where we put ourselves in a position to win games, but we don’t have the finish. We know we can do it; it is just getting over the hump. It nice going through it now and not in November.”
The Toilers tried to prepare as much as they could for this match, knowing they had to battle a tough team and a low roof. The adjustment took a while, but the team was happy to come out with the hard-fought victory.
“It takes probably a set and a half before we stop hitting the roof on balls that were a scramble. We talked about it in practice, but it is hard to practice something in a gym with a high roof until you get out here and realize how low the rafters are and then it gets in your head and becomes more evident,” said Thoroughgood. “I think winning in this gym is a big deal for us just because it is a tough gym for us to play in. It has always been a challenging place to come play. Caronport has got the best of us for the last couple years, so it was nice to win one out here.”
In action senior boys volleyball action, Avonlea beat Vanier 3-1 (18-25, 29-27, 25-14 and 25-14).
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