Plenty of parity in girls volleyball league

Matthew Gourlie
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Diana Lumbala from Central hits a kill at the net in high school girls volleyball action Thursday against Vanier.

Parity is alive and well in the local senior girls volleyball league.

Central, Peacock and Vanier each won one game in their three-way league night Thursday.

Peacock rallied to beat Central 24-26, 25-15, 25-18 in the opening game. In the second game it was Central’s turn to stage a comeback as they beat Vanier 16-25, 25-14, 25-19. Vanier closed out the night by beating Peacock 25-16 and 25-20.

In other Moose Jaw High School Girls Volleyball play the Caronport Cougars beat Rouleau Rebels 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-11) in a best-of-five game match.

“We should have had Central in two games but we let them back in. We gave them too many opportunities,” said Vanier coach Rick Bell. “They’re a good team and if you give a team like that opportunities they’re going to hurt you.”

Youth is a common theme amongst the city teams this season.

Peacock only has a pair of seniors and is working towards building their team at this early stage in the season.

“Sometimes you learn as much from a loss as you do from a win and sometimes those early-season losses really give us the experience we need to transfer them into wins when we want them later in the year,” said Peacock coach Jennifer Prokopetz. “We hope that’s part of the process.

“We’re going to win some and we’re going to lose some and that’s OK as long we’re getting better as athletes and we’re getting better as volleyball players. As long as we’re becoming more of a team and a better-functioning unit then that’s what it’s all about.”

Central’s comeback win over Vanier was a satisfying result for a young team that only has one Grade 12 player.

“The girls played with a lot of heart at the end and they really dug deep,” said Joe Gunnis who coaches the Central team with Melinda Strueby. “We went into our huddle and said ‘we’re not letting any balls hit the floor. We’re going to play every point and work hard for it.’ And they did and the result came out for us.”



Organizations: Moose Jaw High School Girls Volleyball

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