Lakers finish needs polish

Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team continues to get better as playoffs near

The trajectory of the Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team is going in the right direction.

After going 2-4 at the Thompson Rivers University tournament last weekend, coach Rob Gunning watched his team play well in several close sets.

“We are definitely improving each weekend, but we do need to get a little better at finishing off deciding sets,” said Gunning, whose team lost to Fulton (Vernon) ranked second in AA, Earl Marriott second in AAA, George Elliott, ninth in AA and DP Todd, 10th in AA. “We lost tight third sets against DP Todd and George Elliott and had opportunities to win both matches. The more we put ourselves in those situations, hopefully the more comfortable we get in those tight matches.”

The Lakers, ranked eighth in AAA as of last week, welcomed back Brayden Wheeler, who helped them. With a tournament this weekend, Gunning expects Wheeler to get more comfortable and consistent.

“It will be a real battle the rest of the season. We will have to play well this weekend at George Elliott and through our valley championships to attempt to get our zone another berth to the provincials,” said Gunning. “We can certainly play with many of the teams in the top 10, we just have to start beating some of them this weekend.”