And for the Cougars girls, it looked as if they hadn’t missed a step since seeing their campaign paused due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Caronport.
BCA shook off the rust to take a 3-1 (29-27, 25-22, 15-25, 25-18) victory over the Vanier Spirits at Vanier, marking their first game since the season opener back on Sept. 14. Five games over the next month were eventually postponed, giving Briercrest a 2-0 record in limited action. Vanier fell to 0-6.
The other girls game on the night saw the Peacock Toilers continue their commanding play this season, as they improved to 5-0 with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-16) victory over the Central Cyclones (2-3).
The Briercrest Christian boys found themselves in a far tougher situation than their counterparts -- the shutdown of sports for the Cougars coincided with their first game of the season, meaning they were making their 2021 league debut on Thursday.
Their opponent? None other than the undefeated Cornerstone Christian School Falcons. Cornerstone continued their solid run and improved to 7-0 with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-14) victory at Margaret P. Reimer gymnasium in Caronport.
The other two league-leading teams also picked up wins, as Vanier (6-1) took a 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-18) win over Peacock (2-5) in another tough, close loss for the Toilers.
The Central Cyclones kept pace, improving to 5-2 with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) victory over the Riverview Royals (1-6).
League action continues Tuesday, Oct. 19 as Peacock hosts Vanier and Central travels to Briercrest Christian. Game times are 6:20 p.m. In boys play, Vanier is at Riverview, Briercrest is at Peacock and Central at Cornerstone, with all games starting at 8 p.m.