After spending a whole season on the road because the Ponoka Secondary Campus gym was under renovations, the school’s senior boys’ volleyball team was able to play a home game on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in which they won three of the four sets.
“Its nice to have a gym of our own,” said coach Ron Labrie. A home game meant more fans and the Ponoka crowd was pumped as the boys continued to play strong through the game.
Labrie started the game concerned for the boys’ mental mindset because the Stettler team had improved since they last met. “We thought if we had the momentum, we could beat them pretty easily.”
However the first two sets — 25-21 for Ponoka and 25-21 for Stettler — were evenly matched and many points were battled for.
The Ponoka Broncs won the third and fourth sets 25-14 and 2-15, respectively.
“I thought we served tough,” said Labrie, mentioning specifically the third set.
Key blocks shutting down Stettler’s big swinger also helped keep Ponoka ahead, as well as strength as a team. “I think their supporting cast was challenged by us,” said Labrie.
As the season progresses, Labrie says there are some areas the boys need to improve in. He feels the boys’ passing off the serve technique is usually good, but that game was not as clean as he would have liked.
There were also many unforced net violations. “We just gave them points,” said Labrie.
This year the Broncs’ team consists of one Grade 10 students, a couple in Grade 11, one in Grade 9 and the rest in Grade 12.