The senior volleyball season is shaping up very differently for teams from two Whitehorse high schools.
The Porter Creek Rams senior girls are undefeated while the senior boys are still looking for their first win in Super Volley.
The F.H. Collins Warriors senior boys are undefeated while the senior girls are winless in the Whitehorse league.
The Vanier Catholic Secondary Crusaders are somewhere in the middle.
“Things are good. We’ll just keep on working, keep on doing what we’re doing, and hopefully it works out in our favour,” said Rams senior girls coach Amy Palamar.
Porter Creek’s senior girls moved to a 3-0 Super Volley record with consecutive wins at home last Wednesday and Thursday.
The Rams held on for a five-set win over the Vanier Crusaders after dropping a two-set lead on Thursday. The defending Yukon champs squeaked out the win 25-22, 25-11, 21-25, 20-25, 15-13.
The Crusaders (1-2) have been dealing with slow starts and lags in energy in middle sets so far this season.
“We’re working on it, we’re getting better, we’re gaining our momentum, we’re just having slow starts that we’re hoping to improve on,” said Crusaders co-captain Sydney Young.
“We just need to get our focus in faster, not let it get to the second set before we start to get going. We need to get our momentum up and keep happy and not let anything get us down.”
The Rams took the hard-fought win on a kill from right-side Maddi Jarvis. Jarvis was named her team’s Player of the Game following the Rams’ four-set win over the Warriors on Wednesday. Middle Teah Dickson was the Rams’ Player of the Game on Thursday.
“They played outstanding and they had good energy,” said Palamar of the two players.
Crusaders setter Chanel Newell was named her team’s Player of the Games on Thursday.
“We were really impressed with her levelheadedness because she’s just getting used to the setter role,” said Crusaders coach Roz Tait. “She did well at being in control and was a good leader for the team.”
The Warriors (0-2) will be looking to the Dawson City Invitational Volleyball Tournament this week for their first win.
“We did really well with serving; we only missed five serves in those sets,” said Warriors assistant coach Jackie Taylor of Wednesday’s game. “We passed really well, our sets were good, so we just need to work on kill
ing the ball and finishing our points.”
Crusaders cruise over short-benched Rams
Porter Creek’s senior boys didn’t have many options on Thursday.
With just six players dressed for the game, there was a lot of exposed pine on the Rams’ bench.
“We only had six players to play that night, so we were a little short-benched,” said Rams head coach Derick Bilodeau. “One of our starters couldn’t play, so we had to move everyone around to different positions to try and accommodate that.”
The visiting Vanier Crusaders made quick work of the Rams with a 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 straight-set win on Thursday.
The Rams (0-3) lost in five sets to the undefeated Warriors (2-0) the previous night.
“We have to play more consistent when it comes to the simple things in the game – not making mistakes on our side, being more consistent on our serving, more consistent with our attacks, getting balls on the court and not making mistakes ourselves,” said Bilodeau.
Rams power Kyle Lowes was named his team’s Player of the Game on Wednesday against the Warriors and teammate Zach Haynen got the nod on Thursday.
“He set for us on the Thursday night, which he doesn’t normally do, and he did a pretty good job,” said Bilodeau.
Steven Wolfarth, captain of the defending Yukon champ Crusaders (2-1), was named his team’s Player of the Game for his work as middle on Thursday.
“It was a good game and PC did their best,” said Wolfarth. “PC was down one player, but they still did a really good job.
“We worked well, we did a lot of good passing. We had troubles with our serving, but we brought that up and did really good serves.”
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