Courtney Holtkamp of the senior A Spartans girls’ team volleys the ball back to her Ponoka St. Augustine opponents during a home game

Spartans take first place in league play

Spartans senior A girls volleyball team pulled ahead of its Ponoka rivals to claim first place in the league.

Spartans senior A girls volleyball team pulled ahead of its Ponoka rivals to claim first place in the league after an important home game on Oct. 5.

The girls won three of their four sets; 25-15, 25-16 and 25-9. They suffered a loss in the third set 24-26.

“We did struggle at one point. We did struggle with our serving and passing,” said coach Rick Boyes.

However, he added the girls were able to refocus and come back for a final win, “to make a bit of a statement game in the end.”

The Spartans and the St. Augustine Queens were tied for first place in regular season play, and the Spartans now continue league play undefeated. “We have lost in a couple of tournaments,” said Boyes.

The team was looking to focus its energy on serving during the game and is working of achieving its goals one at a time, says Boyes.

Boyes says the rivalry between the Spartans and the Queens has always been a fun one that pushes both teams to play harder.

This year the Spartans also has six returning players who all attended provincials last year; making up more than half the team.

“We’ve got a really positive, competitive and athletic group,” said Boyes.

The Spartans are halfway through its season with its next home game scheduled for Oct. 24.