Mustangs have eyes on Valley championship

The Princess Margaret Junior Girls volleyball win tournament in Revelstoke last weekend.

The Princess Margaret Junior Girls volleyball team are continuing their strong play this season, winning a tournament in Revelstoke last weekend.

The Mustangs went undefeated in six matches to capture the championship at the eight-team Revelstoke Last Spike tournament.

“A wonderful team effort was put forth by all the girls, as all 12 players played throughout the tournament and championship match,” said Mustangs coach Rich Corrie.

The team won three straight on Friday to take top spot in their pool, defeating Eagle River of Sicamous, a team from Vernon and Selkirk from Kimberley. A win on Saturday over Pleasant Valley sent the Mustangs into the semi-finals.

“In the semi-finals they team overcame a first set loss and came out on top against a tough North Kamloops squad in three sets by scores of 25-27, 25-16 and 15-12,” said Corrie.

In the competitive final match the Mustangs galloped over the host Revelstoke team in two close sets, 25-18 and 25-22.

So far this season in league play the Mustangs have a seven win and one match loss record. Including all games, they have a 21 win and five loss match record.

“Everyone has a really positive attitude this year on the floor and that has brought us a lot closer this year,” said team captain and Grade 10 student McKenzie Ricard.

Ricard said the team’s attacks are a lot stronger this year as well as their serving. She added the team is still improving on hitting and blocking coverage.

“Hopefully we make it to the Valley championships. I think there is a large chance that we will with the way we have been playing,” said Ricard.

The Mustangs are playing in a tournament this weekend in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University.