The Peacock Toilers think they’ve found where their pieces fit together best.
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Peacock's Zoe Tremblay hits a kill at the net between the blocks of Central's Diana Lumbala, left, and Stephanie O'Byrne in Moose Jaw senior girls volleyball action Thursday.
The Central Cyclones are still trying to put everything together.
The two teams continue to climb the learning curve in the senior girls volleyball season, but it was Peacock that showed they were a little farther ahead as they beat the Cyclones 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-16) Thursday night.
In Thursday’s other senior girls game, Caronport beat Rouleau 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-11).
“We tried a lot of different things as coaches. We changed the lineup and tried to find where everyone was going to play best. We have a lot of really nice athletes who can play multiple positions. We just had to use trial and error to see what was going to work best,” said Jennifer Prokopetz who coaches the Toilers with Lorne Polupski. “I think we’re maximizing everyone’s strength right now.”
Prokopetz said that she felt the team was settling into their roles and was very pleased with their consistency on the night.
“Whenever we sub somebody in it’s seamless. Our girls do a really good job of being ready to go in. We do a lot of subbing, compared to a lot of teams I would say, so they’re used to it and they take it in stride,” said Prokopetz.
Consistency from pass to pass, serve to serve and set to set is what the Cyclones are striving for. “We’re still not reaching our full potential and that’s something we’re working on every day,” said Central coach Joe Gunnis. “There were some really good things in all of those games that we played. A lot of people did a lot of things correctly. That’s what we’re looking for.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Parts of our game continue to improve every day and that’s the important thing.”
Gunnis is confident his team will reach its potential. The Cyclones will be at a tournament in Weyburn this coming weekend before Moose Jaw hosts the invitational weekend after Thanksgiving.
“It will click for us one of these days and we will put all facets of the game together,” said Gunnis. “Tonight we served very well and when we passed the ball well we did get some great offence going. All of those things will come together. I’m confident of that. We have a good group of girls here and they have a never-say-die attitude.”
Peacock was able to show off their depth as they subbed players in liberally. They may be done tinkering with different combinations of their 11-player lineup, but they’re still looking to make sure everyone gets plenty of time on the floor.
“You can practice all you want. You can do drills and they can be there every single day working their butt off in practice, but you’re going to get really good is by playing,” said Prokopetz. “We want to get playing time for all of our kids as much as we possibly can.”