The Mecca Glen boys’ Pride junior volleyball team proved themselves a tough group to beat during a match against the Eckville Aces.
The Pride played the Aces, Wednesday Oct. 8 to an enthusiastic crowd of volleyball fans that saw Mecca Glen win four sets to one.
Coach Tristan Johnson says he worked on fundamental volleyball skills to ensure a solid first game of the season. “That is something we focused on, serving and the first pass,” explained Johnson.
“It was a good start to the season,” he added.
He says at this level of volleyball, the first pass and unforced errors on the serve make an effective team. Consequently, the Aces found themselves scrambling at times to return the ball.
“A core group of ours played last year in Grade 6…they just have a bit more confidence,” said Johnson.
Winning early in the season will just boost their confidence for games later one and Tristan says he looks forward to seeing the players serve overhand after Thanksgiving. His players have been practicing overhand serves for some time but teams are only allowed to serve that way after the holiday.
“It’s about focusing on player development and skill development,” he concluded.