Winning against the Rimbey Spartans just wasn’t in the cards for the St. Augustine Catholic School Queens volleyball team.
The Rimbey Spartans senior 2A girls team pulled ahead of its Ponoka rivals to claim first place in the league after an important away game on Oct. 5.
The girls lost three of their four sets; 25-15, 25-16, 24-26 and 25-9.
Two Spartans jump servers hurt the Queens’ momentum, explained Coach Darren Josephison. “Rimbey has two excellent jump servers who probably scored 15 points each set by themselves. That’s rare to get that many aces in a set.”
Add to that the Queens players struggled with being sick, which affected the athletes’ abilities to be consistent in their plays.
“We have basically been on the go five straight weekends since the beginning of September, so the girls were out of gas,” offered Josephison.
However, the team will have another chance against the Spartans playing host later in October for a chance to claim a victory.
The loss put the Queens into second place behind the Spartans in the league. It’s a close league too, said Josephison, adding that the Queens are only one win ahead of St. Dominics and CACHS.
“As well, we can’t afford to take Pigeon Lake or DTHS lightly or they will beat us. This is the most competitive the 2A league has been, as everyone is capable of beating anyone else,” explained Josephison.
This second half of the season will be important for the team with Josephison focusing on serve receives and defense.
“Most important for us is playing well once both teams get to 20 points then being able to make good decisions and execute skills in order to win the many close matches we anticipate will be coming in re-matches with CACHS, St. Dominics and Rimbey,” he said.
With only the top three teams qualifying for zones the race is going to be a close one.
This weekend the Queens play their annual Turkey Burner tournament this coming weekend with 12 teams attending.
With files from Amelia Naismith