Queens’ Madison Fleck manages to get this attack past the Ermineskin defenders for a point during the opening set on Oct. 25. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Ponoka’s St. Augustine senior volleyball team heading toward playoffs

Queens have earned a spot, Kings looking to keep hopes alive

There’s a good chance that both St. Augustine School’s senior volleyball teams could be heading to provincials.

Both the senior girls Queens and the senior boys Kings squads cruised in their final home match Oct. 25 past Ermineskin in straight sets, with the Queens winning 25-4, 25-9, 25-16 and the Kings coming out on top by scores of 25-11, 25-21, 25-18.

For the Queens, a straight set win Nov. 1 in Innisfail has put them into a first place tie with both David Thompson and Rimbey at 6-1. The resulting tiebreaking scenario will wind up with the Queens in third, meaning they will host either Pigeon Lake or Ermineskin in the zone playoff play-in game Nov. 13. The Queens have beaten both of these teams earlier this season.

“We are likely destined for third with an excellent chance of earning that zone title with a strong showing,” head coach Darren Josepheson said.

If the final placings go as suspected, the zone tournament — set for Nov. 18 — will be held in Rimbey.

“We actually beat Rimbey this year, so if the girls come out and play like we have done in our recent tournaments, the opportunity is there to represent the zone at provincials in Fairview.”

As for the Kings, they will face off in the zone playoff play-in game Nov. 13 versus David Thompson.

The boys played Nipisihkopahk Secondary School in Maskwacis Oct. 30 and posted a straight set win 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 putting them in a tie for third with David Thompson, who they face tonight (Nov. 8) in their last regular season match. A win will give them home floor advantage in the play-in game, with a spot at the zones in Pigeon Lake on the line.

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Kings’ Daniel Ten Haaf gets a hold of this spike to grab another point in the opening set against Ermineskin on Oct. 25. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

St. Augustine’s Neil Buhat pounds the ball of the Ermineskin block attempt as the Kings went on to win the first set during the match Oct. 25. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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