St. Augustine Queens' Jessica Matheiu tries to find an edge Nov. 2 against league rivals the Rimbey Spartans. The Queens lost in three sets to a tough offence.

St. Augustine Queens' Jessica Matheiu tries to find an edge Nov. 2 against league rivals the Rimbey Spartans. The Queens lost in three sets to a tough offence.

St. Aug. Queens overwhelmed by Spartans

Defeating the Rimbey Spartans will be the answer for the Queens’ senior girls volleyball team if they are to make it past zones.

Defeating the Rimbey Spartans will be the answer for the St. Augustine Queens’ senior girls volleyball team if they are to make it past zones.

The Queens played the Spartans Nov. 2 at home where players hoped to find some redemption as the Spartans are the only team to defeat them. However, a win was not in the cards as the Spartans defeated the Queens in three straight sets 25-18, 25-16 and 25-12.

Coach Darren Josephison said between the two there is a friendly rivalry. “We have lots of respect for each other.”

“They just played much better than we did,” he added.

The Spartans showed strength in both defense and offense, which proved too difficult for the Queens to adjust.

“This is the most offense that we have ever had and that wasn’t clicking between the setters and the hitters and then they got frustrated,” said Josephison.

“Our offense struggled collectively.”

The added pressure of wanting to perform well at their last home game, plus the desire to defeat the Spartans, ended up giving the Queens a challenging match.

“They started well in the first 10 points but they were just a little nervous in front of the home crowd…and when things didn’t go well they got a little more stressed,” said Josephison.

The team has one more match against Central Alberta Christian High School (CACHS) in Lacombe Nov. 9 but a win or loss won’t affect the Queens. If CACHS wins the match that team will place third in the league but if the Queens win, St. Dominics will end third.

“We’re already locked in to second. We’re going to go to zones in Daysland,” said Josephison.

The Queens will be in a pool with first and third from the eastern side of zones. The way the Queens have been playing, Josephison expects to play the Spartans in the finals round. However, when it comes to zones, anything can happen, he added. “No doubt Rimbey is certainly the best team in our league.”

This is still a growing year for the Queens who will have an experienced team next season.