Mustangs, Lakers split Cross-City Senior Volleyball championship

Mustangs girls earn sweep, while Lakers use crowd energy to top the Mustang boys

Unlike last year, Mustang supporters didn’t get a chance to use brooms to sweep aside the Pen High Lakers during the third annual Cross-City Senior Volleyball championship.

The boys team assured that as they defeated the Mustangs 25-14, 21-25 and 15-11 on Tuesday at Pen High in front of a lively crowd.

The championship started with the Mustang girls defeating the Lakers for the second straight year, 25-6 and 25-16.

“They love winning. The city championship thing is really big to them,” said Mustangs coach Shawn Lum after watching his players have photos taken with the championship plaque.

Lum said his group loves the Cross-City Championshp organized by Bo Boxall.

“We played really well. We usually struggle with our emotions on the court,” said Mustang Fernaaz Johal. “We just forgot about who we were playing and where we were playing and we just played for each other. I think that came out. We definitely worked on putting the ball in, playing smart. I think we just came together as a team.”

In talking about playing the Lakers, Johal said it’s always good to have a friendly rivalry between the schools.

“It shows spirit and pride for your own school,” she said, as the Mustangs had a large contingent of supporters encouraged to cheer them on by Mustang boosters, which included their mascot. “We’re hoping to bring it back next year too.”

Lakers coach Rob Gunning said his players were excited to pull off the win for the home crowd. They went through some highs and lows along the way.

“We played a very good first set, but then lost our focus a bit in the second set,” said Gunning, referring to their 25-21 loss. “Maggie brought a lot of energy and intensity and we did not match it. Too many errors at the service line and attacking.”

The deciding set was tight, but Laker Nick Everton had a strong run with his serves to give his team a lead.

“It is always nice to win tight matches in the deciding set.  It should help us down the road,” said Gunning. “It was great to see so many people here to watch the match. A very loud and positive atmosphere is always nice to play in front of.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Purchase of Francophone school brings with it “sense of belonging” say parents

École Entre-lacs now has a permanent home in Penticton thanks to the provincial government

Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing to host Australian bushfire fundraiser

Money raised at Australia day party goes directly to Victoria Bushfire Relief Fund

Successful Canadian Sport School coming to Penticton

A meeting is planned for February about Canadian Sport School - Penticton

Peachfest announces 2020 headliners

Glass Tiger and Honeymoon Suite back featuring large in the list of headliners.

U.S. lawyer charged with allegedly smuggling restricted firearms across Osoyoos border

Shawn Jensen allegedly smuggled AR-15, Ruger .22 over U.S./Canada border, with no licence.

VIDEO: WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

Interior Health issues drug alert in Kamloops

Testing of two samples of drugs sold as crystal meth was positive for fentanyl

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

On the Lawn charity bowling tournament returns to Kelowna

40 teams are set to participate in tournament between July 23 and August 13

Father to B.C.’s first MLB hall-of-famer is one proud dad

Larry Walker Sr. talks baseball background and son’s base running gaffe

Shuswap mental health study: Grocery stores a destination for people in need of connection

Ongoing interviews provide useful insight to suicide prevention efforts

Vernon biathletes compete at Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland

Lucas Sadesky and Ethan Algra represented Vernon’s Sovereign Lake Nordic Club in Laussane

Trial dates set for Central Okanagan RCMP officer charged with sexual assault

The trial is set for four days, taking place from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3

Most Read