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Vanier, Assiniboia off to fast start in boys volleyball, Peacock unbeaten in girls action

Usual suspects in contention as high school volleyball season hits full stride
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The Moose Jaw high school volleyball season began its second week of play Tuesday night, with a handful of usual suspects continuing their winning ways from a wildly successful 2021 campaign.

Leading the way on the girls' side of things are the defending Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association 4A girls champion Peacock Toilers, who found themselves in a bit of a battle in week one with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18) win over the Central Cyclones before sweeping Notre Dame 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-23) on Tuesday.

Central rebounded with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-23) win over the Vanier Spirits, who opened their season last week with a 3-1 (25-16, 9-25, 25-18, 26-24) victory over 3A girls provincial quarter-finalist Briercrest Christian Academy.

In boys volleyball action, both the Vanier Vikings and Assiniboia Rockets remain unbeaten with 2-0 records.

Vanier -- 4A boys provincial champions in 2019 and 2020 and fourth-place finishers in 2021 after falling to Central in the bronze medal game -- opened their season with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-8) win over the Cornerstone Christian School Falcons, who are coming of a silver medal showing at 2A boys provincials a season ago.

The Vikings then followed up with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-17) win over the Cyclones on Tuesday night.

Assiniboia reached 3A boys provincials last season and took a 3-0 (25-3, 25-9, 25-10) win over Avonlea in their opener before defeating Cornerstone 3-0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-14) in week two.

Central opened their boys campaign with a 3-0 (25-13, 28-26, 25-21) victory over Peacock before the Toilers hit the win column for the first time on Tuesday with a 3-1 (25-6, 18-25, 25-16, 25-16) victory over Avonlea.

Boys league action continues on Thursday night, with Central at Cornerstone, Vanier at Avonlea and Assiniboia at Peacock. All game times are 7 p.m.

Girls volleyball also resumes Thursday, with Notre Dame at Vanier at 7 p.m. and Central at Briercrest Christian at 8 p.m.


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