Peacock wins tight battle with Vanier

Stephanie LeCourtois of the Peacock Toilers blocks a shot during senior girls’ volleyball action at Peacock Collegiate on Tuesday night. Peacock defeated Vanier in four sets. Shawn Slaght/Times-Herald

High school senior volleyball teams move into final week of the regular season

The Peacock Toilers senior girls’ volleyball squad had to patch together a line-up as they picked up a four-set (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20) home-floor victory over the Vanier Spirits on Tuesday night.
Peacock’s setter suffered a knee injury during tournament play over the weekend, meaning players had to be moved around to other positions to make up for the missing player.
“The girls were playing new positions again,” said Peacock coach Krysta Caplette. “It seems like we are doing that all year. We finally had them in the positions we wanted them in and then that happens and now everyone is moving around. But the girls are doing a good job of adjusting and picking up the slack for each other and making it work.”
The opening set was a back-and-forth battle that saw Peacock pull ahead late to take the frame 25-21.
In the second, Vanier jumped out to a huge lead but let Peacock back into the game as the Toilers took it 25-23. It was a similar story in the third set as Vanier let another big lead slip, yet held on for a 25-22 win.
“It’s almost like we get the lead and we take our foot off the pedal a little bit,” said Vanier coach Leanne Meili of her team’s struggles to play with the lead. “We just have to get that fight to keep going and push forward.”
Peacock turned the tables on Vanier in the fourth set as they led most of the way, but Vanier tied up the game 10-10 before the Toilers pulled away.
However, despite coming away with the loss, the scoreboard didn’t do justice for the way Vanier played as they’ve become a vastly improved team since the beginning of the year.
“Their work ethic has been great. I’ve been really happy and our practices have been really good,” said Meili. “I’ve seen tremendous improvements from every single girl out there.
“That is how we gauge our season too sometimes. The scoreboard doesn’t always show that improvement but from our standpoint we are very happy with the work ethic and the improvement that we’ve seen.”
The senior high school teams are now entering their final week for regular-season play as teams fight for position in the standings heading toward the playoffs. Meili said for her team they have a tough week ahead.
“I told the girls at the beginning of the week that it was going to be a tough week,” she said. “We have Central on Thursday and we have to be playing to our calibre. Once our girls start believing in themselves they are right there.”
Caplette, on the other hand, is looking at the bigger picture and her team is looking ahead towards provincials.
“Our end goal is to win provincials. Hopefully we are at the top of our game and once our setter gets back, that’s were we will be,” she said.
In other action on Tuesday night, Peacock’s senior boys’ team came away with a five-set victory over Vanier (25-22, 15-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12).
At Cornerstone Christian School, the Central girls defeated Cornerstone 24-26, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-17 and the Central boys completed the sweep of Central with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-6 victory.
The regular season wraps up on Thursday with Vanier hosting Central. The girls get underway at 6:20 p.m. and the boys hit the floor at 8 p.m. The Caronport girls will host Cornerstone at 6:20 p.m. and the Avonlea boys will host Cornerstone at 8 p.m.