A very clean game from the Peacock Toilers was the difference on Thursday night in their straight set win over the Central Cyclones.
The two Moose Jaw High School Senior Boys Volleyball teams battled back-and-forth in three very tight sets, but the Toilers seemed to be able to take advantage of every little mistake by Central, while the Cyclones couldn't find a hole to expose Peacock.
“Peacock didn't make a lot of errors and we made a lot,” said Central head coach Shaune Gray after the three-set loss (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) to Peacock.
“They were capitalizing on our mistakes, but we would capitalize on their mistakes. They were close games, we did do some good things, we dug up some balls and played with a lot of heart, but we just need to step it up a notch.”
Whenever Central would start to close the gap, Peacock was able to put together a run to widen that gap back up.
“We just focused on our defence and our serving and we pushed through,” said Peacock's Stephen Holzer.
Defence was the big key for Peacock and they made a number of wild hits that somehow stayed in play and eventually made their way over the net. That seemed to be able to stall the momentum that Central would be building at that point.
“Some of them we weren't even surprised by, but we were still able to get them back over the net and in play,” said Holzer.
Peacock has been rolling so far this season as they have yet to drop a set during league play. Holzer said it comes down to playing as a team.
“Our power hitters and everyone is just working really hard,” he said. “Our coaches have been coaching us really great, we're having fun at practice and playing lots of strong defence.”
For Central, they've shown some good progress throughout the season, but Gray feels that they took a step back over the past week.
“The whole week their progress has been going backwards,” he said. “We need to improve on our serving, today our serving was too easy, we've served way harder and more aggressive before and we missed more serves tonight than we have all season.”
Peacock has a full week off now as they don't return to the court until Oct. 14, while Central will be back in action on Tuesday when they head to Rouleau to face the Rebels.
In other senior boys action on Thursday, the Vanier Vikings topped the Avonlea Eagles in four sets (25-13, 25-22, 13-25, 25-20) and the Cornerstone Falcons cruised to a straight set win over Rouleau (25-19, 25-22, 25-14).
On the girls side, Peacock won in five sets over Central (19-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 15-3), while Rouleau won in straight sets over Vanier (25-17, 25-21, 25-21).