Warriors host weekend volleyball tournament

Ponoka volleyball clubs put their skills to the test in home tournament on weekend

Searra Schoepfner

Searra Schoepfner

Both the U15 and U16 girls’ Warriors volleyball teams had a busy weekend hosting their own fun tournament April 23 and 24.

First up on the weekend was the U15 girls who played Saturday, April 23 at the St. Augustine Catholic School gym. There were seven other teams vying for bragging rights in the round robin tournament. The girls were on track in the round robin pool finishing second overall when heading into playoffs when a key hitter, Searra Schoepfner, tripped and sprained her ankle, said coach Darren Josephison.

The U15s had won the first set and were tied 22 in the second set of the match when she tripped. The result of the injury affected the team’s overall confidence. They subsequently lost the second and third sets putting them in the bronze medal game against Wetaskiwin Chill.

That last game proved too tough for the Warriors, who ended up losing in two sets. Josephison said the team was up 23-21 in both sets but they couldn’t find the win they needed.

This injury will likely be a big challenge for the team who is headed to volleyball provincials in Calgary this weekend. “We more than likely won’t have her for provincials this weekend,” said Josephison.

He added losing one of their big hitters did give the team an opportunity to test their strengths and suggests they have a chance to do well at provincials considering the team has had a strong season.

The U16 Warriors played the next day in their last tournament of the season. The girls won the bronze medal game against Leduc County Storm, the same team that beat them in round-robin play.

Josephison said the U16s had a similar experience in the round robin play winning their first two matches and losing a close third. This put them in the second spot for playoffs. However, the team lost their first playoff match putting them in the bronze medal match.

U15 results:

* First: Castor Crush;

* Second: Delia Novas;

* Third: Wetaskiwin Chill;

* Fourth: U15 Warriors.

U16 results:

* First: Sylvan Lake Wave;

* Second: Ponoka’s Central Rage;

* Third: U16 Warriors;

* Fourth: Leduc County Storm.