Senior Queens of the St Augustine Catholic School faced two of their strongest rivals in their league in their home opener onWednesday, Sept. 23 and lost to both, creating a situation, which coach Darren Josephison described as difficult.
In the first game against Rimbey Spartans, the Queens started strong with accurate services, successful digs in defence and a few good volleys in attacks. At some point Queens led Spartans by eight points. But after the mid point in the first set,Spartans made some quick adjustments and started to close the gap, with enough speed to win the set 25-19. AlthoughQueens recovered their posture to win the second set 25-18, Spartans were not to allow the game to slip through their hands and they won the deciding set 15-9.
“It was an excellent match, in which our defensive play was amazing,” said Josephison. “Unfortunately Rimbey’s offense was more effective than ours, enabling them to prevail in the end.”
In the second match of the night, CACHS were too strong for the Queens and they won the game in straight sets 25-21 and25-20.
“In this match we struggled with consistency of serving, passing, and hitting, allowing CACHS to come away with the two set win,” said Josephison.
“Starting the season at 0-2 is certainly not normal for our Sr. Queens and will make it difficult to win a fourth straight league title,” he added.
“But we have a lot of younger players who are playing big minutes in key positions. They should continue improve throughout the season.”