Laker wanted consistency during KSS tournament

The Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team was after consistency during the Kelowna Secondary School Owls tournament.

Cor De Waal

Cor De Waal

The Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team was after consistency during the Kelowna Secondary School Owls tournament.

Lakers coach Paul Mend saw that at times during the weekend. Mend said that the tournament “was a mixed bag” for them.

After finishing second in their pool, they lost to Spruce Grove  25-23 and 25-23. The best they could finish after that was ninth.

The Lakers defeated David Thompson from Vancouver before running into Spruce Grove.

The Lakers opened with wins over Vernon’s Fulton Secondary and Mt. Sentinel from Slocan Valley, each 2-0.

Mend said some players stepped up, while others still need to.

“We are in the hunt with the top teams in the province,” said Mend, of what he learned about his team during the weekend.

With Kevin Saunders out with a knee injury, the Lakers are using a 6-2 system that allows them to generate more offence.

Mend, who has taken over the coaching duties from Paul Smith, due to health issues, said it’s important for all the players to show up like they did against the Mt.Boucherie Bears last Wednesday. The Lakers defeated them 25-18, 27-25, 25-18.

Cor De Waal, a middle blocker for the Lakers, said the team is at a good pace to peak for provincials, which is exactly what they want.

The Lakers senior girls team also competed in the tournament. They won two of six games. Coach Robert Gunning said all their losses game against teams ranked top five provincially.

“We are playing well, we are just having a little trouble finishing games against good teams,” he said.

The Lakers senior girls team is hosting a tournament this weekend. The action begins Friday at 1 p.m. and will also feature Princess Margaret Mustangs.