Serving was the name of the game for the Central Cyclones during Tuesday night's Moose Jaw High School Senior Boys Volleyball action.
Central had struggled with their serves during a loss last week to Peacock, but the team was on point with their serves on Tuesday in a straight set win over Rouleau (25-20, 25-12, 25-11).
“Our serving was much better for us today, which is a big reason we picked up the victory,” said Central head coach Shaune Gray.
Central's Max Pilsworth and Jaden Large both had big runs with the serve during the second and third sets that allowed the Cyclones to build up large leads and eventually cruise to the win in both sets.
While the serving was key to the win, Gray said it needed to be as they continued to struggle in another aspect of the game.
“Serving and passing were the two areas that we wanted to work on, serving came and passing didn't,” he said. “They've still got work and it's just little things, moving their feet is all it is.”
It was a convincing win for the Cyclones, which is something that they haven't had yet this season and something that they're hoping they'll be able to build off.
“This one can help build our confidence because we were on a downward slide, so hopefully now this is the first step to coming back up again,” said Gray.
For Rouleau, they gave Central a good battle in the first set, but couldn't find that same rhythm in the second and third sets.
“In the first set we were passing the ball well, but in the second and third set, they served about 15 on us where we shanked the first pass,” said Rouleau coach Mitch Singleton.
“Our biggest struggle is with that first pass, so we work on that every day. Serving is still a little bit of a struggle, we've started to get some guys jump serving and ultimately that's leading up to being able to attack the ball, which is the ultimate goal.”
The Rebels are a young team with just one grade 12 and two grade 11s, so Singleton expects them to continue to improving as the season moves forward.
“It's been fun, there's been a bit of culture change for the team, forcing them to play the game properly,” said Singleton. “We've been in junior varsity the last few years, so a lot of free balls coming back over the net and now they're forced to get tough serves up, attacks up, force them to block and play the game how its suppose to go.”
In other senior boys action on Tuesday night, Peacock rolled to a straight set win over Avonlea (25-9, 25-16, 25-9), while Vanier beat Caronport in four sets (21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21).
On the girls side, Rouleau topped Central in four sets (12-25, 25-20, 25-20, 28-26) and Caronport cruised to a straight set win over Vanier (25-12, 25-17, 25-9).