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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
they came out strong. They lost a little bit in the
end, but we were pleasantly surprised," said Eagles
coach Trista 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
believes strongly in his team, and considers them a
contender for the LSSAA Championship.
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."
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
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