Dekker Gillett sets the ball up for a hit from Kolton Glenn in the third set of the Aces’ bronze medal game on Nov. 7. The Aces’ locked themselves into Zones after beating the Bentley Panthers in three straight sets. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Eckville Aces’ road to Zones

The senior boys defeated the Bentley Panthers in the league bronze medal game on Nov. 7.

The Eckville Aces senior boys volleyball team hit the court for the league bronze medal game on Nov. 7.

The Aces quickly won three straight sets against the Bentley Panthers and solidified their spot in Zones, which was in danger after the team’s Monday night loss.

“We lost to a team that we usually should be able to beat, but that’s sports and you never know who’s going to win on any given day,” said Head Coach Cody Magneson, “but we’ve made it to Zones, which was our first goal and now trying to go to Provincials after that.”

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The Aces team was on the lighter side at the Wednesday night game as injury and sickness had made it’s way through the team, but only have six bodies did not have an affect on the Aces’ performance on the court.

In the first two sets the Aces worked their way up to 25 points quickly, keeping the Panthers at bay, but in the third set Bentley came out a little stronger.

The Aces took the third set 25-22 to finish third in the league.

Magneson says going into Zones they are going to fine tune all of the skills the team already has.

“When you only have a week to prepare you can’t really do too much different, so we’re just going to get confidence through practice and get healthy and get ready for the Zones tournament,” added Magneson.

“We had a good fans,” said Magneson about the season thus far. “[We had] a wonderful season because of all the support form our school, our staff and our community.”

The Zones tournament is in Lacombe on Nov. 16 and 17.

If the Aces come out on top and qualify for Provincials they will be in Bashaw on Nov. 22 and 23.

Next on the Aces Athletics schedule is basketball, which starts up in December.

Eckville Junior/Senior High School is looking for basketball coaches. If you are interested contact the school.

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Lucas Obst saves the ball after a Panthers’ hit in the third and final set. The Aces’ swept the Panthers with three straight sets after losing their Monday night playoff game. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Peace Won tips the ball back into Panther territory in the second set. Coach Magneson says the team will work on fine tuning their skills before the Zones tournament in Lacombe Nov. 16 and 17. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

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