Lakers keep it close with Owls

The Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team lost three close matches to the Kelowna Owls

Rob Gunning saw something as the Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team lost in three games to the Kelowna Owls Wednesday.

He let his player in on what he saw by delivering this message.

“We are very competitive with the best teams in the province,” the Lakers coach said. “We just have to play hard for every point.”

On enemy court, the Lakers, ranked fifth provincially in 3A, ended season play losing 25-22, 25-21 and 25-23 to the No.2 Owls.

“We played pretty well, as did KSS,” said Gunning. “Very competitive match throughout. We passed and served quite well and played pretty good defence all night. We just relaxed a couple of times throughout the match and gave up a few too many easy points.”

Gunning said they know they can play with the Owls. If they meet again, the Lakers need to play every point.

The message remains the same this weekend when the Lakers head to Lake Country to play in the George Elliot tournament. Gunning has seen his team play many good matches, they just need more high level effort consistently.

Following the tournament, the Lakers will prepare for the 3A valleys in Kamloops on Nov. 21. The Lakers open against the No.1 ranked Mt. Boucherie Bears in the semifinals.