Cyclones learn hard, but good lesson
Being on the court five days a week is paying off for the Rouleau Rebels.
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Kira Hall of the Rouleau Rebels gets the ball to go through blocks Stephanie O'Byrne (5) and Allegra Nelson (3) of the Central Cyclones during senior girls volleyball action on Thursday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Despite being a small team of only eight players, the Rebels won their first game of the season over the Central Cyclones.
“This is the first win and we are excited. We have come close in the other games, but this is a nice victory for us. We were due,” stated Rebels coach Jaelene Armstrong. “They looked good. We are playing lots of volleyball and we are practicing hard.”
The Rebels won 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22 over the Cyclones in senior girls volleyball action on Thursday.
“This was disappointing, to say the least,” said Cyclones coach Joe Gunnis. “We came out pretty lethargic and we didn’t snap out of it. We just went through the motions. We didn’t play like we can.”
In the second set, the Rebels started out with a 9-1 lead. The Cyclones did come back to make it a closer game with the strong serving, but it wasn’t enough.
“We called a time out and just said that we have to start playing Cyclone volleyball…we have to move our feet and be quicker. We have to be better on the service line and we have to be aggressive. That is something that we lacked…being aggressive,” explained Gunnis.
Not only did the Cyclones fail to gain any momentum for a full set, but they also made errors on their side of the court and failed to communicate.
“We have some great hitters and our passing wasn’t as good as we wanted it to, but it wasn’t terrible. We had a lot of errors and we have different things we need to work on. That was evident,” said Gunnis. “This is not indicative of what this team can do.”
The Rebels only had seven players on the trip to Moose Jaw, including one player that was injured. So the starting six played throughout the three sets and were strong at the net and on the service line.
“I think we had strong serves, hard hitting and team work,” said Armstrong. “It all just clicked.”
Although the Rebels swept the Cyclones, they could have done it quicker, but they struggled to put the game away on last point.
“I think it is a combination of nerves and youth, as we are a young team, but we are definitely working on it,” explained Armstrong. “Nerves tend to play a part in that.”
The Cyclones did their part in keeping the sets going by playing competitively to bring the score closer.
“I think we just let them in the game too long before we decided that we were going to strap up the boots and start to play. When they started getting the momentum and doing the things that are Cyclone volleyball, we started to come back and play really well,” said Gunnis. “I take nothing away from Rouleau, they are a good volleyball team. They certainly played a good game and they deserved the win.”
In other senior girls action, Caronport beat Vanier 3-1 (15-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-22).
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