Ar­dens split home tour­na­ment matches

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Ar­dens won four of eight matches at their home tour­na­ment in their fi­nal tuneup be­fore the pro­vin­cial vol­ley­ball play­offs be­gin this week­end.

The Ar­dens ad­vanced to the semi-fi­nal at their sev­en­team home tour­na­ment, plac­ing third in the round robin with a 3-3 match record.

They opened the week­end on Fri­day with a win over the Ju­nior Ar­dens (25-17, 25-10). They added an­other win over York­ton Re­gional (25-19, 25-19) and then con­cluded the day with a three­set loss to Este­van (23-25, 25-15, 13-15).

Satur­day, the Ar­dens lost to Wey­burn (18-25, 18-25) and Dun­more (14-25, 25-21, 13-15), be­fore de­feat­ing the Moose Jaw Vanier Spir­its in straight sets (25-20, 25-13) to con­clude the round robin.

The Ar­dens de­feated York­ton again in the quar­ter-fi­nal (25-15, 25-12) be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated in the semi-fi­nal by Dun­more (16-25, 19-25).

“There were lots of strengths, of­fen­sively we are a su­per strong team. We need to tweak some of our serve re­ceive. But their serv­ing has im­proved and they’re slowly get­ting there so when we play next week­end hope­fully we will bring it again,” said head coach Chelsea Has­sett.

The Ar­dens will be in Moose Jaw for Re­gion­als this week­end when three spots at Provin­cials will be up for grabs at the eight-team event.

Has­sett said the goal is to grab one of those top three spots to earn a spot at provin­cials.

“It will be serv­ing and serve re­ceive,” said Has­sett. “We’ve got to get down on our passes. They’ve got to hone their skill in that area.”

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