High school volleyball teams in impressive start to season

A big hit – Wildcat Lucas Smith hits the ball hard over the net right into the Lacombe Rams territory in last Wednesday’s junior varsity game in Stettler.

Wm. E Hay’s junior varsity volleyball teams had a strong start to their season last week with the boys overpowering Lacombe Rams in a four-set game, a result repeated by the girls in five sets.

The boys lost the first set 25-20 but quickly recovered to win the next three sets 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21)

JV boys’ coach Todd Dubber was happy with the team’s performance.

“This was the first game of the season. The players showed a lot of potential with only having had one practice as a team before this game,” Dubber said.

“We are looking forward to the development of the team over the course of the season.”

JV boys play their next game on Sept. 22 in Ponoka.

As for JV girls, they started the week with a loss against the Central Alberta Catholic High School team.

“But we had a redeeming match against Lacombe,” said coach Jessie Holwell.

“It was a tough battle (against Lacombe), and the match went to five sets but our Wildcats stayed composed, and won the fifth set 15-12.,” she said.

“We are looking forward to a great season,” she added.

Senior girl Wildcats are have also been busy in tournaments and reegular season games.

In their Friday tournament in Camrose last week, Sept. 17, senior girls were placed in pool of five teams.

They lost to Bawlf in the third set, lost to McCoy in two straight sets, but won against Pigeon Lake and Oilfields, capturing the third place in the pool.

“This placed us on the b side and we beat Queen Elizabeth in two sets in quarter finals (15-25 and 10-25) and then advanced to semi-finals to meet Lacombe again and lost both sets, “ said coach sara Steinbach.

Senior Wildcat girls in their second league game of the season beat Innisfail in three straight sets in an away game.

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