Cougars down fatigued Cyclones

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Both teams in local tournament this weekend

Sarah Hundeby for the Caronport Cougars spikes the ball past a jumping double block of Diana Lumbala (14) and Paige Newans in senior girls volleyball action on Thursday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Central Cyclones looked like a fatigued bunch on the court and the Caronport Cougars took control.

It wasn’t the intensity the Cyclones are used to after playing quite a bit of volleyball. The result was a three set 25-20, 25-17 and 25-15 loss to the Cougars in senior girls volleyball action on Thursday evening.

“As coaches, we felt like the intensity level wasn’t there like we have seen our girls are capable of,” said Malinda Strubey, co-coach of the Cyclones.

The Cougars started off strong, but allowed the Cyclones to push back on a good run in the first set. It wasn’t until midway through the second set and the full third set that the Cougars fully came out in attack mode and created extra chances for themselves on the offence.

“The first set we started off strong and then they had a run back at us, but then we recuperated. In the second set, we were more loud and strong,” explained Shannon Koshman, coach for Caronport. “I told them in the third game to combine both of them and that’s what happened.”

Despite the lack of intensity, the Cyclones coaches felt like they did see some things come out in their play that they have been working on in practice.

“Something that we have worked hard on in practice the last little while was court coverage and we felt like that really sunk in and we improved on our court coverage,” said Strubey.

Both teams will be taking part in the 12-team tournament this weekend at Peacock and are looking forward to the extra practice time.

“I think we just want to come out and play Cyclones volleyball and if we do that, then we will place very well in the tournament,” said Joe Gunnis, co-coach for Central. “The team is more than capable and we have tons of talent and we have a lot of heart and we will dig deep.”

Geographic location: Caronport

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