It was six sets, six wins for the Estevan Comprehesive School (ECS) Elecs senior boys volleyball team at their home tournament Friday, but their last set was their biggest test of the day.
They weren’t able to put away the Kipling School Magyars until 29-27 of the second set, nearly spoiling a perfect day of volleyball.
“I would say we made some errors and they got some confidence and started making some great plays on their side and put some pressure on us,” said Nathan Johnson, head coach of the Elecs. “I was glad we were able to squeak it out at the end, but there were more errors than we would like to see on our side of the ball in that set.”
The Elecs moved confidently through their first five sets of the day until the pesky Kipling unit refused to surrender.
The team swept Kipling in the evening match (25-15, 29-27), and had little issue disposing of Weyburn in the first match (25-13, 25-15) and Wawota (25-13, 25-10).
Johnson said he was happy with the first part of the day.
“It’s a good opportunity for the rural teams to come in and play Weyburn and us,” said Johnson. “We’ve got some strong 2A and 3A teams here too. There’s no change in our focus. Every time we go on the floor we want to be the best serving and passing team. Generally if we do that we’re going to be fine. Regardless of our competition, that’s always our focus.”
Their 6-0 record is good for first in the round robin part of the tournament, which continues Saturday.
The Elecs play at 10 a.m. against Redvers, noon against Oxbow and at 1 p.m. against Carnduff. The playoffs start at 4:30 p.m. with the semifinals before the tournament final is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.