Lakers play on the rise

Lakers senior boys volleyball team tied for seventh in TRU tournament

PEN HIGH LAKER Richard Xiang digs this serve during tournament action in Kamloops. The Lakers finished tied for seventh.

PEN HIGH LAKER Richard Xiang digs this serve during tournament action in Kamloops. The Lakers finished tied for seventh.

The Pen High Lakers senior boys volleyball team finished tied for seventh during a tournament hosted by Thompson Rivers University.

While playing in the tournament, Lakers coach Paul Mend wanted to reinforce his players’ belief that they can take anyone in the province.

“I think they recognize that they are on the verge of taking down some of the top teams,” said Mend.

The Lakers coach was pleased with the performance of his players as they won their pool and first crossover match in the playoffs. The Lakers came up against the No.1 ranked Kelowna Owls and lost. The Lakers had Kyle Hooper, 5-foot-7, fill in for 6-foot-5 Tanner Johnson who was too ill to play.

“Our pool was not super strong but we played well,” said Mend, who started his Grade 11 players every match on the weekend.

On Wednesday the Lakers faced the Owls in league action and lost in three sets. Mend said they look to rebound this weekend as they play in a tournament hosted by George Elliot Secondary in Lake Country.