Toilers trump Vikings in volleyball quarters

Matthew Gourlie
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Riverview and Avonlea also advance to semis

Peacock's Kagan Meier hits at the net against Vanier Thursday night.

The Peacock Toilers weren’t perfect Thursday, but they were efficient.

At this time of the season, that’s good enough.

The Toilers held off a lively Vanier Vikings to win 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-19) in the Moose Jaw Senior Boys High School Volleyball League quarter-finals.

“The boys maybe didn’t play their best match of the year, but they played well enough to win,” said Peacock coach Paul Thoroughgood. “We didn’t hurt ourselves with errors. That was probably the most important thing.”

The Toilers travel to a tournament in Yorkton today and then will meet Riverview in the semifinal Tuesday. Riverview beat Rouleau 3-1 in quarter-final action Thursday.

In other quarter-final play, Avonlea defeated Caronport 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-16). Avonlea will now play Central in a semifinal.

The 5A South regional begins a week from today as well.

“We’re building momentum as we head into the semis next week and then (regionals) the weekend after,” said Thoroughgood. “We’re into a very busy part schedule, but I think that’s good. It’s what we’ve been working towards all year.”

Each of the three games were close, but the Toilers closed out the games effective.

“Every set we had a good game going. We just couldn’t get the execution when we needed it to get us over the hump,” said Vanier coach Levi Broda. “We would be three or four down, we would fight and claw back and then led them get ahead again.

“We came out strong, but they didn’t make as many mistakes as we did. The boys played hard, which is really good to see.”

Organizations: Moose Jaw Senior Boys High School Volleyball League

Geographic location: Yorkton

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