City rivals ready to battle on court

Senior volleyball teams for Pen High and Princess Margaret meet in third Cross City match

LAST YEAR THE Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls volleyball team celebrated a two-set victory over the Pen High Lakers in the Cross-City Championship at Maggie. This year’s squad will look to repeat that success at Pen High on Oct. 27.

LAST YEAR THE Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls volleyball team celebrated a two-set victory over the Pen High Lakers in the Cross-City Championship at Maggie. This year’s squad will look to repeat that success at Pen High on Oct. 27.

Western News Staff

Pen High and Princess Margaret will go toe to toe in the third annual Cross City volleyball game Oct. 27.

The senior girls will battle at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:15 p.m. at Penticton Secondary School.

“Our players are really excited about playing the Cross City match against Maggie,” said Lakers coach Andy Botero. “We know that they have a very strong team over there and we haven’t played them since the very beginning of the year. It should be a lot of fun to play the match here in our own gym.”

In the first two years the rivals have attracted more than 500 spectators creating a lively environment for the athletes to play in. This year the goal is to attract upwards of 700 spectators.

In 2014, both Mustang senior teams won with scores of 25-23 and 25-22 for the girls and 25-18 and 25-23 for the boys.

This year the Lakers senior boys team is ranked sixth provincially in 3A, while the Mustangs had earned honourable mentions three times but are currently not ranked. On the girls’ side, the Mustangs have maintained their fifth ranking in 2A, while the Lakers dropped from ninth to 10th.

“I think this is an excellent event and we are really looking forward to a great night of friendly, competitive volleyball,” said Botero. “A healthy rivalry is a great way for all of the teams involved to increase their skill level and intensity in preparation for our upcoming valleys.”

Also attending the Cross City volleyball game will be Jefferz Fryzz, serving up Mustangs and Lakers poutines.

Leadership students at each school are putting together fun games and prizes to keep the crowd involved throughout the night.

Admission to the game is by donation towards the 10,000 Tonight canned food drive.