Rams victorious in Super Volley

Volleyball is usually a sport of momentum, with teams going on hot-streaks and winning strings of points. However, that was not the case in the senior boys game at Thursday's Super Volley at Porter Creek Secondary.

Volleyball is usually a sport of momentum, with teams going on hot-streaks and winning strings of points. However, that was not the case in the senior boys game at Thursday’s Super Volley at Porter Creek Secondary.

The Porter Creek Rams defeated the FH Collins Warriors 25-21, 25-21, 25-18, but neither team managed to go on a substantial points-run, with the two sides trading blows in all three sets.

“Both teams have experienced players and that helps prevent those momentum slides,” said Warriors co-head coach Nathan Bingham. “They know how to get their heads into the right game-space because they’ve been there before.”

For Rams left-side hitter Derrik Anderson, the lack of a loud cheering section made it difficult to go on a scoring spree.

“It’s hard to get the momentum,” said Anderson. “There’s people here, but none of them are paying attention it seems. It seems quiet all the time.”

The previous week the two teams competed at the 45th annual UBC Invitational in Vancouver, where the Rams finished 13th overall and the Warriors won Flight D. As good as the Vancouver tournament was for providing the teams with match experience, the Warriors’ middle was lost to an ankle injury, causing the team to shuffle their lines.

“Our situation is we’re missing our six-foot, four inch middle Tanner Coyne,” said Bingham. “That’s the story of our team right now. Only one of our players is playing in their position, everyone has been shuffled around to try to fill the gap of missing Tanner.

“We’re juggling players around and they’re doing pretty good considering.”

Despite missing the integral player, the Warriors’ defence still sparkled at times, with a handful of big saves on errant balls, including one save that caused a player to knock Warriors coach Al Foster off the bench as the player scrambled to keep the ball in play.

“Their defence is gradually getting better,” said Bingham. “Tonight there were flashes of greatness and it was fun to watch.”

Although the team often rose to the occasion in important moments of the game, from the service line the Rams’ intensity began to slack in the third set, with the Warriors getting four of their first six points off Rams’ service errors.

“It’s been an ongoing problem,” said Rams setter Riley Smith. “I think it’s people just not concentrating enough when they go back to serve.”

The Rams’ win was their second straight over the Warriors this season, beating them

25-19, 25-19, 25-17 the previous night.

Rams win in five sets

Vanier Crusaders head coach Janna Tait saw a lot of potential in her team during the first set of Thursday’s senior girls game. Now, if they can only maintain that level of play…

“If you can figure out a way to have them play like that all three sets, you just let me know,” said Tait. “That’s always a tough thing as a coach, to keep momentum.

“This is only our second match of the year, so we’re still working on game-play.”

The Crusaders managed to grab a couple of sets, including the opener, but eventually fell flat in the fifth, losing 15-25, 25-16, 25-15, 24-26, 15-7 to the Rams.

“We were really pumped up in our warm-up but when we hit the court we were really jittery,” said Rams setter Cassandra Andrew. “We had a hard time bringing it back up after that. I think it was nerves that took us down at first.

“When things came together it felt really good.”

After bouncing back in the second, the Rams came alive in the third set, going up 19-6 with 14 straight points, spearheaded by the serves of Rams’ Krista Mooney, the only player from either team doing jump-serves.

“Getting a streak like that really helps you out and helps boost your team,” said Andrew.

“She’s been working on the jump serve. A few of us have been trying it, but a couple of us aren’t ready to try it in our games yet.”

The senior girls Rams had just returned from playing in the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza over the weekend. At the tournament, the Rams made it to the quarterfinals, losing 26-24, 25-20 to Haines, Alaska, who they took a set off of the night before.

On the way to Juneau they also stopped in Skagway, Alaska, and defeated the high school team 2-1 in sets. The Rams lost their Super Volley season opener 25-14, 30-28, 14-25, 25-12 to the FH Collins Warriors at the start of the month.

This weekend the Crusaders will be going to the Cougar Classic tournament in Red Deer, Alberta. The Crusaders began the regular season with a five-set loss to the Warriors at the start of the month.

“Like I just told the girls, I don’t want them to walk away with their heads down, we did really good things that we’ve been working on in practice and I saw that,” said Tait after Thursday’s game. “We definitely have a long way to go still, but it’s good because it shows me what we still have to work on.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fines for contravening the fire ban start at $1,150 and could go as high as $100,000. File photo
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Yukon campgrounds to open early

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. The early opening… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Submitted
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read