The Rouleau Rebels left Central Collegiate with a bit of a sour taste in their mouths and will be looking forward to a rematch later next month.
The Cyclones won a three-set match 25-18, 27-25 and 25-22 over the Rebels in senior girls volleyball action on Tuesday evening.
Despite keeping things close in the final two sets, Rebels coach Darrel Hall wasn’t overly happy with the girls performance.
“I’m a little disappointed. We came off a decent tournament in Assiniboia,” said Hall. “The girls have only played in this gym once, so it is going to take time to get used to.”
The Cyclones looked a bit nervous in the second and third sets, but were able to pull through with some veteran leadership by Sidney Holoien, Paige Newans and Samantha Riley.
“Our team is very unique this year, as we are a very fresh, young team with only three returning players. I think the returning players have done a tremendous job to mentor the new players and our young players have stepped in and pulled on some leadership roles,” stated Melanie Strubey, co-coach of the Cyclones. “Sidney was amazing out there providing the leadership and when she was off, Paige really stepped up and showed great leadership as well.”
Since the Cyclones are a young team, Strubey thinks some nerves came into play during the game, but those were to be expected.
“I definitely think there were some nerves being in the gym for the first time as a senior team,” she said. “We are quite pleased with how our players played. We were really proud with how they played together as a team. That has been a strong focus since the start of our season.”
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