Zach Casper (left) Lucas Obst (right) jump to make a strong defensive block against a Panther hit. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Eckville Aces boys volleyball triumphs over Bentley

Wednesday night’s win over the Panthers puts the Aces at a 2-2 league record for the season.

The Eckville Aces boys volleyball team beat the Bentley Panthers in straight sets on Wednesday night.

The Aces now hold a league record of 2-2 after a rocky start to the 2018 season.

“We’re just a young team, so every game we’re improving,” said Coach Cody Magneson. “We lost our first two games, probably games we shouldn’t have lost, but just being so young [and] inexperienced we’re just improving every game.”

Since the beginning of the season the team has got much better at jelling together, according to Magneson.

“We’ve got a couple of players who have never played before and everyone else is young, so we’re just learning how to play with each other,” added Magneson.

The Aces do not have a regular season game scheduled for the week of Oct. 8, but their home tournament begins Fri., Oct. 12.

The Aces will play Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Six of the eight teams participating in the tournament are provincial teams from last year.

“We have the provincial champions coming and second place, fourth place and we finished fifth place last year in the province, so we’ve got some very strong teams coming,” explained Magneson, who added they pride themselves on having the best small school tournament in the province.

“Going into the next game we just have to keep working on passing, making our passes and making our pressure serves,” said Magneson.

“We have a tough zone, we have 30-some teams in our zone and only one get to go to provincials and in our zone we have the provincial champion from last year, so it’s going to be tough, but our ultimate goal is to go to provincials,” commented Magneson.

 

Lucas Obst prepares to send a serve over the net in the first set. Pressure serves is an aspect of the game they are going to work on, according to Coach Magneson. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

The team’s youngest play, Grade 9 student Drew White, dives to keep the ball in play. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Kolton Glenn (left) hits one of many sets throughout the match from Dekker Gillett (right). Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs

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