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PAINTING THE LINE – Rams attacker Cameron Ryles, 14, hits between the antenna and the Warriors block set by Griffon Bisson, 4, and Andrew Roberts during Halloween Supervolley action at F.H. Collins.

Rams cruise in straight sets, down F.H.

The F.H. Collins Warriors and the Porter Creek Rams boys teams squared-off Halloween night at F.H.

By John Tonin on November 1, 2019

The F.H. Collins Warriors and the Porter Creek Rams boys teams squared-off Halloween night at F.H. They had a tough act to follow after one of the better Supervolley games of the season.

It wasn’t close to as thrilling as the girls’ game as the Rams cruised to a clinical straight-sets win.

If the Rams were to be described in two words they would be: steady and consistent.

Even when the Warriors had some crater-inducing attacks, the Rams shrugged it off and scored the next few points.

It was their steady play that built them a 21-17 advantage. Their offence was finding the holes in the block and on the other side of the ball, they were digging nearly everything.

The Warriors showed a good fight getting back into the first. Austin Shaw had some huge kills to tilt the court in F.H.’s favour as the teams were deadlocked at 24 apiece.

Rams middle Jesse Goodman snatched back control of the set after player of the game Jaxson Fitzsimons found him for a quick attack.

Cameron Ryles stepped to the service line and calmly put over a quality float serve that the Warriors had trouble passing and could not get back over the net, giving the Rams a 26-24 win.

Fitzsimons said the team was feeling some nerves as the Warriors mounted the comeback.

“It was good that we pulled through in the end,” said Fitzsimons.

The momentum was squarely on the side of the Rams in the second set. On offence, they got contributions from all the attackers.

Barret Furchner had some heavy hits for the Rams that either found the court or were hit so hard they went straight through the Warriors block.

On defence, nothing hit the Rams floor and F.H. could not find an answer as they got shellacked 25-12.

After cruising to a second set victory, Fitzsimons explained what was said between the first and the second.

“We just had to run middle more and push it out,” said Fitzsimons. “We just had to push up our wings to the t-line there and we picked up everything.”

The Warriors showed some resilience early in the third getting some quick points off impressive attacks. Their early advantage was short-lived, however, as the Rams tightened up on defence.

F.H. hung about but Porter Creek turned it up another gear, dead-set on putting the game away. With the score 17-11, the Rams were unrelenting in their attack as Fitzsimons found all the attackers who in turn were doing serious damage.

The Warriors couldn’t get anything going after that and the Rams eased to a 25-15 win to sweep F.H. 3-0.

Andrew Roberts was named player of the game for the Warriors.

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