Despite an aggressive performance, the Ponoka Secondary Campus senior boys Broncs volleyball team lost each of the four sets played during their Wednesday, Oct. 8 game against Camrose.
At the end of the first set the score was 15-25 and the boys finished the following three 21-25, 25-27 and 15-17, respectively.
“We did not play well in the first set,” said coach Ron Labrie. “In the second and third (sets) we played better.
During the break between the first and second sets Labrie gave the players some pointers and they came back harder. He also made some changes to the rotation. “Kind of lined up our stronger players with a better rotation,” he explained.
However, a few key players out with sickness pushed the team out of sync.
Labrie feels the boys also needed to be more prepared for the tough defense Camrose had.
But Ponoka’s defense came up with its own challenges for the other team. “We had some quality ups. Realistically, we had some guys playing positions they’re not normally used to,” Labrie observed.
Throughout the game, the boys stayed positive and kept their spirit strong. “These guys have great mojo. They’re very supportive of each other,” said Labrie.
Labrie added coaching the team this year has been a gift for him. “I’ve been coaching for 26 years now, rarely do you have a team with this much chemistry.”