It was a battle until the final point at Central Collegiate on Tuesday evening. Despite playing a lot of volleyball over the weekend in a local tournament, both Central and Peacock came out hard in senior girls volleyball action.
The Peacock Toilers won 3-1 with three close sets of 25-21 each and Central won the second set 25-15.
“It was nice to play in quite a few games after the tournament and to play a solid game like that, I think the girls did a good job of playing consistently and that’s what we’ve been working on all year,” said Jenn Prokopetz, co-coach for Peacock. “I think this was a breakthrough game for us.”
Both teams went on runs and played strong offensively, but Peacock was able to get the Cyclones scrambling around the court a bit more and was able to take advantage. Prokopetz felt it was an overall team win for the Toilers.
“We were able to establish a really good passing game and everyone passed really consistently tonight and that enabled us to open up our offence a little.”
For the Cyclones, they looked strong throughout the game and were able to push the Toilers back on offensive runs of their own, but still need to adjust some areas of their game.
“I think we performed well, just a few areas that we will continue to work on in practice and move forward,” said co-coach Joe Gunnis. “We hit the ball well and our transition was pretty good. It is just about fine tuning a few things and just coming out with focus and intensity in the next game.”
Both teams worked at their top level when they communicated well and failed to get a run going when the talking lacked on the court. For Peacock, they have been working hard on learning to clearly communicate both sides of the court.
“I think our girls are doing a good job of communicating well on our side, but also try and communicate what is going on on our opponents’ side,” said Prokopetz. “We are trying to anticipate the things that are happening during the game and our communication really adds to that and helps that.”
For the Cyclones, it is making sure to communication from the beginning to the end of each set in order to stay focused and keep the level of intensity up.
“I think that is one of the biggest things for our team is to continue to communicate and we did communicate effectively…we just have to make sure is it from point one straight through the game,” said Gunnis.
Both of these teams will meet again on the Thursday and the Cyclones and the Toilers are looking forward to the rematch.
“It is a little bit of a double header situation, but it is going to be fun and it means we will have to work even harder on Thursday to hopefully get that win. We’re really hoping to put two back-to-back and have a really solid week,” said Prokopetz.
For the Cyclones, it will be more of a chance to redeem themselves.
“It is nice to go back and have another shot to play them and continue to work on the little things to get better each day,” said Gunnis.