There was a lot of learning and growing taking place at Peacock Thursday.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Central's Thomas Yee, right, has his hit blocked by Stephen Holzer from Peacock in Moose Jaw High senior boys volleyball action Thursday.
While there was a discrepancy on the scoreboard, the coaches for both Peacock and Central were looking to see their players learn. Central remained unbeaten in senior boys volleyball play thanks to their 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-21) win. Thursday’s other game went the distance as Caronport prevailed over Avonlea 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-5).
Cyclones coach Shaune Gray feels these league games are valuable for their four Grade 10 players.
“We got our bench in which is good. They have a long way to go to catch the Grade 12s, but they’re all in Grade 10,” said Gray.
Central’s six veteran starters can play with any team in the province on their day, but Gray wants to make sure the rest of his team is bridging the gap.
“They need to get in, in case one of these big kids gets hurt. We need them to be able to step in and not have us go backwards,” he said. “It’s coming. They made some small errors, but it’s going to come I think. They just need more practice to get them into the flow of the game.”
For the Toilers, getting to face Central in league play is a good test.
“They’re a very strong team and they generate a lot of offence,” said Peacock coach Paul Thoroughgood. “They passed well and we didn’t serve well as well as we should have. And we didn’t pass well. When you play a big team like that and don’t pass well it’s tough.
“It all comes back to passing and not having our setter running around like he’s running a short marathon. We need to get the ball to him where he can actually run our offence.”
One thing Peacock has been working on is focusing on the hitters and not being caught ball watching. Central setter Dalton Wolfe spreads the ball very well, but Thoroughgood was happy with the progress his blockers showed.
“I thought blocking-wise we did a better job than we have in the past. They didn’t have many balls that they hit without a block,” said Thoroughgood. “Our young middle players are starting to comprehend moving and following their blocking assignments. I thought that was really positive.
“Dalton is a good setter and he moves the ball along the width of the net. It’s hard for young blockers because they get caught up watching the ball and not watching the man. It’s human instinct to want to follow the ball. Breaking them of that and having them focus on the man first and then the ball takes some work.”