Senior Broncs Carmelle Rabbit reaches with all her might to block this hit from a Wetaskwin Sabres player. The match brought long rallies with both teams returning hits and making strong passes. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The Ponoka Secondary Campus volleyball squad lose to Wetaskiwin

The senior girls lost to a tough Wetaskiwin Sabres team at home

The senior girls Broncs volleyball team is looking at growth in the next few league games.

The Broncs played a strong Wetaskiwin Sabres at home Sept. 25 losing 4-1 in sets. While the match represented a loss, there was learning in each set.

Final scores were 25-17, 25-20, 25-27 and 25-18 with the Broncs seeing improvement in most of their sets. The challenge was finding a way to come back from deficits early on in the sets.

Serving sprees in favour of the Sabres ended up halting any momentum the Broncs hoped to get, explained coach Ron Labrie.

“We want them serving tough, but it’s just not good enough to get the ball over,” he explained.

The team did get better at passing and the defence adjusted to the Sabres’ attacks, but inconsistency against a hard-serving Wetaskiwin team proved a challenge.

Labrie said his athletes lost two other games in the season that approached almost two hours. The Broncs are able to return the ball and make strong hits but it is in continuous serving that Labrie feels the team will really see growth. “We’re still working on how to capitalize on different teams.”

For now, the Broncs want to get out of their losing hump.

The hope with any season is to get more court time at tournaments to gain experience but Labrie said money for fees and transportation has become a real factor for the team, so they have reduced the number of road tournaments they attend. Despite that challenge, he tries to maximize court time for the players.

The senior girls are a mix of younger players with experience and a few older players with strength but not as much experience, said Labrie.

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