Green Gaels prevail, but search for on-court consistency
GUELPH – The Guelph CVI Green Gaels are searching for consistency in this District 10 high school senior boys’ volleyball season.
“We have to be consistent,” GCVI coach Leann Reynolds said. “Our setting has to be consistent and our passing – everything has to be more consistent.”
After dropping three of their first four matches in league play this season, the Gaels put it together enough Tuesday to hand the Bishop Macdonell Celtics a 3-1 setback.
The Gaels won 28-30, 26-24, 25-20, 25-18.
“We are not playing to our full potential right now so we had a slow start,” Reynolds said. “I don’t have my full squad. We have a lot of guys missing here and there so we haven’t really gelled yet with the same guys.”
And the Gaels need to improve their communication skills on the floor.
“Some of the guys don’t talk enough,” Reynolds said. “We need to communicate a bit more, but all of our skills need to be more consistent, for sure.”
Another thing that hurt the Gaels against Bishop Mac was their serving. Too many points were given away with serves that either sailed out of bounds or flew into the net.
“That’s uncharacteristic,” Reynolds said. “We don’t miss that many serves, but I think they were kind of tight. They knew they were a better team and we lost and things weren’t going well and we didn’t start off the season well and I think that put more pressure on them.”
This year the D10 senior league has a membership of five teams and that’s meant a change in the normal schedule. Usually the teams play each other twice, but that’s increased this season and the teams are a lot closer in ability than is usually the case.
“That’s a good thing,” Reynolds said. “They’re all going to be good matches so there’s really no cakewalks, which is nice because you’re not wasting time to go play. We’re playing each team three times which is different, but I’m OK with that. We just went in an extra tournament.”
If the schedule hadn’t been changed, the teams would have had eight-game regular seasons.
“I would’ve gone in an extra tournament because playing eight games obviously wasn’t going to be enough,” Reynolds said.
The Ross Royals lead the league at 4-0 and are followed by the Centennial Spartans at 4-2, Bishop Mac at 2-2, GCVI at 2-3 and the St. James Lions at 0-5.
Centennial 3 St. James 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-13)
Bishop Macdonell 3 Guelph CVI 1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19)
Centre Wellington 3 St. James 1 (25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22)
Centennial 3 Lourdes 1 (25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22)
- Guelph Sports Journal