The Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) Broncs senior girls volleyball team won all three sets of their match against the St. Joseph Falcons on Oct. 1 at home.
Coach Ron Labrie says he was very pleased with the effort as word was the Falcons were the team to beat in the 3A league.
With some intel beforehand, the Broncs strategized their game plan accordingly, using their strengths to ground the Falcons.
The Broncs are very tough servers when they’re on their game, says Labrie, and they used that to avoid sending good passes to the Falcons, who have a good setter and strong hitters, neutralizing their opponent’s offensive game.
The plan seemed to work as the Falcons had some trouble passing, says Labrie, and the Broncs made some adjustments to their defence, making an overall winning strategy.
“It was the best we played all season.”
The Broncs are 2-1 in regular season play after beating Stettler 3-1 in their season home opener and losing a “marathon match” in four to Sylvan Lake on the road.
The game against the Lakers was tight, with sets just a couple of points a part.
In exhibition play, the Broncs won silver at a tournament in Beaumont.
The Broncs has a rematch with Stettler on Stettler’s home turf on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
“We’re heading back into their territory to see if we can play strong,” said Lebrie Oct. 4.
Technically a 2A team with PSC’s population under 300, the team chooses to continue on in the 3A league because of loyalty and the next-level competition.
The Broncs manage to stay in the hunt, and will compete in the 3A league as long as they can keep up with the pack, says Labrie.
In fact, Ponoka’s bid to host the 3A senior girls volleyball provincials in 2020 was accepted and planning has already begun.
The central location of Ponoka likely made it an ideal choice.
“It’s inviting from that standpoint.”
PSC will host the event collaboratively with the use of facilities at St. Augustine School.
Labrie says he wanted to give the players and the community the experience to host the provincial contest, as the last time it was held in Ponoka was in the year 2000.
“It’s always special to do that.”