Victory seemed almost guaranteed for the Broncs seniors girls volleyball team who played against the Lacombe Rams Tuesday, Sept. 29 at home.
The girls won the match 3-1 with the Broncs serving against a strong Lacombe team that earned silver in last year’s provincials challenge.
“They have been a strong contender for many years,” explained head coach Ron Labrie.
Despite the 3-1 win the Rams proved a tough team to beat trailing relatively close behind in points. Ponoka won the first set 25-19 and lost the second set 25-20.
“The Broncs had no problem getting excited for the match. In fact, it may have hindered our performance throughout the evening,” explained Labrie of the scores.
The third set proved challenging for Ponoka who narrowly won 25-23. The Broncs had to bounce back from a deficit of almost 10 points. Strong serves and an equally strong defense helped the girls win the third set.
“The first home game jitters were evident, particularly in sets one and two,” said Labrie.
Despite those challenges, in the last set of the match the Broncs proved the strongest with a final score of 25-17 solidifying their win.
Labrie said the girls are now 3-0 in the CASAA league and have just completed a second place finish at the Philip Oh tournament in Beaumont.
JV girls win against the Raiders
The JV girls had success against the Lindsey Thurber Raiders winning three out of five sets Wednesday, Sept 30.
The Broncs narrowly won 25-23 in the first and second sets and finally 25-13 in the third. The Raiders kept up the pressure despite strong points on the Broncs side.
That pressure created unforced errors for the Broncs which created a need to bounce back. In those first two sets both teams sea-sawed back and forth in points but it was the Broncs who were able to hold strong at the end.