Rouleau beats Spirits in five sets
It could have been an easy evening on the court, but the Vanier Vikings decided to fight back.
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Jordan Logan of Vanier spikes a ball past Sheldon Daniel (11) and Keegan Ludwar (14) of Avonlea during senior boys volleyball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
“To dig ourselves into that big of hole and to be able to fight and claw our way out of it is a big accomplishment,” said Vanier’s co-coach Jeff Anuik. “Hats off to Avonlea, they took it to us and it could have been easy to just roll over in that third game. They were playing well, but these guys showed something and pulled that out.”
The Avonlea Eagles won the first set 25-23 and the second set 25-15. The third set went back and forth, but the Eagles couldn’t put away the Vikings, as they took it 27-25. In the fourth set, Vanier took control and dominated the Eagles with a 25-12 win. In the fifth and final set, Vanier won 17-15 for the victory.
“Five set matches are gruelling for whoever is playing. Fatigue was probably setting in on our side as well. I think what happened was that we got more efficient. We cut down on our errors and took away runs of points we were giving up early in the match,” said Anuik. “It could have been a different outcome.”
The Eagles appeared to have the game under control as they cruised in the first and second set, but with only seven players, it was difficult. The team then dropped to six players in the third set.
“It got away from us a little bit. One of our Grade 12s played football with Peacock earlier and he came up to me in the third set and said he couldn’t play anymore. He sat on the bench for the final two games and that got the rest of them mixed up a bit,” said Brent Lothian, coach for Avonlea. “Vanier played with more life than we did at the end too, but losing him was a huge factor for the last two games.”
The Vikings haven’t been able to do what they did on Tuesday evening this season. When faced with adversity early on in a match, the Vikings seem to turtle and struggle to fight back in sets. However, the coaches were happy with the battle they showed in the final three sets.
“Our start wasn’t that bad, as we had a pretty good first set and then the wheels started to fall off. That third set started out rough, but they found something and they got stronger,” stated Anuik. “Once they got a little success, they built off that and that’s something we haven’t been able to do this year. It was good to see.”
For the Eagles, it has been a difficult season with so few players that they haven’t been able to play in any tournaments, but Lothian did see some growth in his team against Vanier.
“I like our back court defence the first two or three games. We had some guys really flying around and digging out balls nicely. We served pretty well early, but at the end of the game, we missed two serves and we lost,” he said. “Make both those serves and we probably win the game.”
In senior girls volleyball action, Rouleau defeated Vanier in five sets (23-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-6, 15-11).
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