© Katie Brickman
The Vanier junior boys team claimed the gold medal over the Peacock Toilers on Monday evening at Vanier Collegiate. Team members include, back row (L-R) coach Kelvin Turberfield, Caleb Wilson, Kyle Wilson, Kael Brentnellm Brandon Langton, Nathan Kuntz and Ryan Wheler. Front row (L-R) Colby Louzens, Riley Radiuk, Dakota Moffat, Brady Olsen, Daniel Degirolamo and Arron Hill. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
It wasn’t easy, but the Vanier Vikings made sure to finish their junior boys volleyball season on top. After an up and down game between the Peacock Toilers, the Vikings held on for the 2-1 victory.
“It was a back and forth game and we just happened to be on the right side of the ball,” stated Vanier’s coach Kelvin Turberfield. “We knew that if we came out today and played our game and Vanier volleyball that we would have some success.”
Vanier won the first set 27-25, but then got dominated by Peacock 25-10 before securing the trophy and the gold medal with a 15-6 third set win.
“We’ve always had close games with Peacock this year. Hats off to Peacock, they are a tremendous team and they really put things together when they needed to,” he said. “I think the biggest thing was just calming the boys and their emotions and nerves. They did a good job and settled into the game and here we are on top.”
The Vikings finished second overall in the league behind Central Butte, but were listed as the top seed in playoff action because Central Butte was ineligible for playoffs.
“We’ve had a lot of success this season. This is an excellent way to top off our season,” said Turberfield. “We were one of the teams to beat.”
The team started the season off strong and was happy to finish on a high note as well.
“We started off on a high and I worried about that because I didn’t want us to peak too soon. Then we had a low and it took some extra lines at practice and some hard work, but they battled through and it was a great effort from the entire team,” he said.
In semifinal action, Vanier beat Central 25-11 and 25-15 and in the other semifinal, Cornerstone won the first set 25-17, but Peacock battled and won the next two sets 25-12 and 15-5.