League playoffs begin Thursday
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Janelle Acott of the Vanier Spirits spikes a ball over a jumping Cassy Busch of the Peacock Toilers during senior girls volleyball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
There was a lot on the line for all three teams at Peacock Collegiate — a battle for playoff placing, a message to send and a chance to showcase their skills.
The Caronport Cougars, Vanier Spirits and Peacock Toilers had a long night of senior girls volleyball action on Tuesday evening on the final games of the regular season.
The Cougars, who are sitting in first place in the league finished their evening action with a 4-1 record after battling with Vanier in their first match and sweeping Peacock in the second set.
“We got the outcome that we wanted, but it wasn’t the way I would have liked to go about getting that outcome,” said Cougars coach Shannon Koshman. “I just think the other teams came out wanting it a bit more than us, but we know it can be fixed and hopefully we will take that into our practices for the rest of the week.”
The Cougars and the Spirits battled throughout their best-of-three match with Caronport winning the first set 25-22, but Vanier stormed back to take the second set 26-24 and then Caronport won the third set 25-19.
The Spirits battled this set because they wanted to send a message to Caronport after being beaten by them just last week.
“We are fairly happy with the results. Some of the things we worked on all week in practice helped us a lot,” said Vanier’s coach Rick Bell. “Last week, we were out in Caronport and just got clumped on, so to come back and three decent games against Caronport (is good).”
In the second match, the Toilers battled hard, but the Cougars were able to hold on for the 25-18 and 25-22 wins.
“A lot of goals we set for this week and for our matches, we accomplished. So we are walking away feeling good about it,” said Peacock’s coach Jenn Prokopetz. “We wanted to eliminate some of our errors. Volleyball is a game of errors and I think we did a good job of that and I think we are going to continue to do better and better.”
The Spirits are sitting in second place heading into playoffs on Thursday and the Toilers were happy to host the top two teams to use both teams as a measuring stick.
“It was good, it is always nice to play the first and second place teams in your own gym. It was a really good night for us,” she said. “I think we played really consistently…maybe it doesn’t show up on wins on paper, but there were a lot of really good things tonight.”
In the third set, the Spirits and Toilers battled in three sets, with Vanier coming out with the 2-1 win. Vanier won the first set 25-20 and Peacock won the second set 25-15 and Vanier won the third set 25-21.
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