CANORA — The Canora Cougars junior boys volleyball team hosted Norquay on September 27 in a spirited four-set match.
The Cougars won three out of four sets, thanks in large part to strong serving, according to Coach Megan Fey.
Canora took the first two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-13. But Norquay roared out to a 5-1 start in the third set and continued to widen the lead, winning by a score of 25-15.
In the fourth set, Norquay came out determined to even the match, and the teams battled to a 23-23 tie. But the Cougars showed their finishing ability, and earned a 25-23 win.
Helping Fey with coaching duties is Peyton Secundiak, a first-year teacher at CCS. The pair is used to working together, after being volleyball teammates in high school.
Fey is enjoying her first year coaching the CCS junior boys volleyball program, aided by several years of previous experience coaching other teams.
"It’s great to get to know them all and watching them improve," said Fey. "I enjoy coaching because I’m able to give back to the sport I’ve enjoyed for years as I myself played from Grade 6 to Grade 12, and one year of college volleyball. I also played on club teams since Grade 8. Another great thing about coaching is that it gets kids active and involved in team work."
The CCS junior boys team consists of 14 members, who are "very hard workers and quick learners."
Fey said the team has had a strong season so far, but there is always room for improvement.
"For the rest of the season we are going to be nailing down rotations and focus on building up their teamwork."
The upcoming schedule includes a game in Sturgis on Oct. 12, followed by the Sturgis tournament on Oct. 14 and 15. The next home game is on Oct. 20 with Preeceville providing the opposition. The conference tournament will be held in Kamsack, and districts are set for Preeceville/Sturgis on Oct. 29.
"We're looking forward to the rest of the season with the boys, and watching them continue to improve," concluded Fey.