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Cyclones remain undefeated with victory over Eagles
Andrew Brethauer September 29th, 2011

Sarnia, ON Two of LSSAA's undefeated Jr. Boys Volleyball teams met Thursday afternoon at St. Christopher's, as the Cyclones took on the North Lambton Eagles. St. Chris would keep their undefeated season with a 2-1 victory in three sets.

North Lambton controlled much of the first set, opening a quick 3-1 lead on the Cyclones. But after three misjudgments on balls going wide, the Cyclones took their first lead of the match. That lead would quickly turn back around for the Eagles, as St. Chris began to hit wide, putting North Lambton up 10-5.

The Eagles would maintain their double lead on the Cyclones till  Hayden Patterson hit two aces to bring he Cyclones to within six points. North Lambton would again have judgment issues with the distance of the out line, causing their lead to diminish down to just three, after being up by eight.

St. Christopher's would tie up the match at 19-19, erasing the eight point lead and take the lead on the the sixth misjudgment of the set. Sam Ellenor would provide a block at the net, followed by an ace from Taylor Eisenbraun for set point for the Cyclones. A long hit by the Eagles completed the comeback for St. Chris as they took set one 25-20.

To start the second set Richael O'Neil would serve an ace for St. Chris, but the Eagles would turn it around into another 3-1 set lead. The Eagles in this half improved their net play and controlled the ball, forcing the Cyclones power game to hit wide.

North Lambton would again up another eight point lead on the Cyclones, leading 22-14. Patterson would serve for four points for the Cyclones to help cut the lead, while O'Neil would provide two tip over's to cut the lead to just four. But Blake Pembleton would put his own tip over, plus add additional points for the Eagles to bring them to match point. Jordan Teeple would put the kill away as the Eagles take the second set 25-22.

In the third and deciding set, it would be the Cyclones who would jump out to the early 3-1 lead. Sam Ellenor would be very active at the net for the Cyclones, putting away two early kills to help increase the lead to 9-2. St. Christophe's play at the net improved with Patterson getting involved with two kills of his own to push the lead to 18-10.

The Cyclones would continue to use their power to gain points, while Patterson also used the serve, scoring two aces at the end of the match to help give the Cyclones a 25-10 victory, and 2-1 game victory.

"We had a really good first game and a really good third game," said Cyclones coach Sean Stroobendt. "I think we just stuck with what we knew, worked on our fundamentals and what we did in practice the last couple of weeks."

St. Chris moves to 4-0 on the season, while North Lambton losses their first of the year. But the Eagles are happy with the effort in a game they were not expecting to win.

"I think they came out strong. They lost a little bit in the end, but we were pleasantly surprised," said Eagles coach Trista Blonde.

Blonde credits the Eagles close game with the team being on their blocks, more so then the had in previous games. But Blonde also adds that working on their digs is something that needs to be worked on as the season progresses.

Stroobendt believes strongly in his team, and considers them a contender for the LSSAA Championship.

"I think we could win LSSAA. I know there is a lot of good competition out there, but right now I think we have the team to do it athletically and skilled wise."

St. Christopher will continue to be challenged, as they next take on St. Clair in a rematch of last years Jr. Volleyball finals. North Lambton will look to get back on the winning road with a game at home against SCITS.



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