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Vanier edges Avonlea in boys volleyball opener

Defending provincial champions taken to limit in first game of season

The Vanier Vikings would be the first to tell you that defending their Moose Jaw high school boys volleyball championship from last season isn’t going to be easy – the league has seen some impressive parity at times over the years, and winning it all is never a simple task.

It only took their first game to show just how close things might be.

The Vikings needed five sets to take a 3-2 victory over the Avonlea Eagles as the local high school league opened play on Wednesday night.

Vanier took a 25-21 win in the opening set before things took a decidedly interesting turn in set two when the Eagles rolled to a 25-8 victory. The remainder of the match was as back-and-forth as could be: the Vikings won the third set 25-23 and Avonlea the fourth 25-21 before Vanier closed things out with a 15-12 win in the final set.

League action kicks off in earnest Thursday, as Peacock hosts Briercrest Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian School hosts the Central Cyclones in boys league action at 6:20 p.m, and girls league play at 8 p.m.