Rebels trump sluggish Vikings

Katie Brickman
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Vikings goes back to drawing board after lopsided loss

Matt Evans (far left) and Zak Konopaki from Vanier jump up to double block a shot from Eli Thome from Rouleau during senior boys volleyball league action on Tuesday evening at Vanier. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Rouleau Rebels came to play, but it was the opposite for the Vanier Vikings. The Vikings started out sluggish from the first point of the first set and couldn’t regain their energy.

The intensity that the Rebels brought secured them a straight sets win over the Vikings in senior boys volleyball action on Tuesday evening. The Rebels punished Vanier 25-13, 25-14 and 25-12.

“It is very disappointing and I called them out on effort and heart. I just didn’t feel like there was a lot of effort and they seemed to be okay with their performance and that is disappointing from a coaches standpoint, especially when you know their potential,” stated Levi Broda, co-coach of the Vikings. “When you see inconsistencies from one game then playing at their maximum the next then flopping, it is disappointing.”

However, it wasn’t just that the Vikings weren’t at their best, the Rebels proved to be a tough opponent throughout the three sets and a practice set as well.

“Rouleau came out being very aggressive and swinging right away. They took advantage of the boys,” said Broda. “Not to take anything away from Rouleau, they looked good and looked ready. Even in the last set, they had a lot of their reserves in and they were ready and our boys were standing still all night.”

Despite being a small team from a small town that see the players compete in other activities, it can be difficult for all the players to make practices, but they seemed to be gelled together well at Vanier Collegiate.

“We don’t have enough opportunities to work together as we are from a small town and we’ve got the hockey players on our team and another in the army, so it is a nice time when they can get together and play,” said the Rebels’ manager, Jackie Goby.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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