Gracie Hebb prevents an Alix Mustang attack from hitting the ground in the third set of their regular season finale on Oct. 24. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Aces fold in regular season finale

The Aces finish the regular season with a 4-5 record after the loss on Oct. 24

The senior girls Eckville Aces fell three sets to one in their regular season finale against the Alix Mustangs on Oct. 24.

The Aces finished regular season play with a league record of 4-5, which forced them to have to play their way into the playoffs.

Their chance to win themselves into the playoffs came Mon., Oct. 29 on the road against Bentley.

The Aces ended up just short of the playoffs after losing the five set match.

The senior girls bounced back winning the third and fourth sets before losing the deciding set by five points.

Coach Brian Holland said he is “pleased” with how the Aces did this season.

“At the beginning of the season I thought that they could play with any team when they were playing their best and there have been moments when we reached that standard,” commented Holland. “We played with all the elite teams in our league. We just need to be able to to that more consistently and for longer windows of time.”

“We’re young, we only had two Grade 12’s and we don’t have a lot of bodies, so two things can happen; inexperience and you get physically tired,” Holland said of his team. “We’ve improved throughout the year, [but] so has everybody else, that’s the challenge.”

The Aces’ season ends this weekend with a tournament in Caroline on Nov. 2 and 3.

 

Rachelle Phillips sets the ball for her teammates to spike back across the net into Mustang territory as fellow Ace Heather Dial stands behind her for support. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Courtney Cowan winds up for a serve in the third set. The Aces lost the match 3-1, with their victory coming in the second set. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

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