Dekker Gillet leaps to return the ball into Panther territory during the second set of their regular season finale on Oct. 29. The Aces finished the regular season third in the league. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Aces to get chance at redemption in semi-finals

The Aces finished the season 6-4 landing them a spot in the league semi-finals

The Eckville Aces fell just short in their regular season finale against the PAA Panthers 3 sets to two on Oct. 29.

The senior boys finished the regular season 6-4 landing them third place in their league.

The Aces won the opening set of their match against the Panthers before giving up the second and third.

The Aces bounced back in the fourth set to force a fifth set, but the Panthers’ were the first to 15 while the Aces sat just two points back from the victory.

“We served terribly,” said Coach Cody Magneson. “We served 81 per cent and we’re used to serving 90 plus per cent.”

He says the loss of points here and there off of the missed served caused a loss of momentum for the Aces.

“If we made some more serves we would’ve won most of those games,” added Magneson, who added the Aces have had an amazing season thus far.

“A little up and down, but with a young team you kind of expect that,” continued Magneson.

The Aces’ third place finish lines them up for a rematch against the second place PAA Panthers on Mon., Nov. 5 in Lacombe for the league semi-finals.

Coach Magneson says there is not much to prepare heading into the rematch next week.

“We just came off a really good weekend, a really long weekend and the boys just came out flat,” said Magneson, who was with the Aces at a tournament in Vulcan Oct. 26-27.

“We just have to get our rest and have a few good practices and then we have another wonderful tournament on the weekend and hopefully we’re ready for Monday,” explained Magneson.

The Aces’ will be in a tournament in Edson Nov. 2-3 where they will use the time to hone their skills for their upcoming semi-final game.

 

Aces’ Brady Lawrence serves during the match’s fifth and tie breaking set. Coach Cody Mageneson says serving was the team’s weak point in the Mon. night game. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Peace Won soars to keep the ball off the ground as part of the Aces’ hard fought battle against the PAA Panthers. They will be facing off for a rematch in the league semi-finals. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo.

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