Mustangs net South Zone

Princess Margart Mustangs senior boys volleyball team wins South Zone championship

Straight set victories for the Princess Margaret Mustangs senior boys volleyball team clinched them the South Zone 2A championship Wednesday. The Mustangs, who closed out league play last week by finishing third, defeated the Summerland Rockets 25-17 and 25-14 at home. Mustangs coach Rich Corrie said his team has been more consistent with its play the last two weeks winning their league matches. Their play earned them an honourable mention in the 2A provincial rankings with Sa-Hali. Among the highlights for Corrie recently has been their their quick attack in the middle with Jacob Winstone and Graedon Freeman contributing to the offence. The Mustangs’ right side players have also been more proficient in blocking allowing their defence to play better. A group of Mustangs key to the success they are co-captain Connor Graham, who has been doing a good job of ensuring his teammates intensity remains high each set and match. Setter Reece Haberstock has moved the ball around to different hitters keeping the oppositions blockers off balance. Corrie said that is giving them a very balanced attack. Todd Corrie has been serving and passing well with some key digs in important situations, while Hunter Linder is becoming a dominant player from the left side as his hit timing continues to improve. “The team blocking, defence and passing have shown a lot of improvement which has allowed us to keep more balls in play,” said Corrie. “We are beginning to attack the ball with a more diverse offence. Our serving has become much more of a threat and has helped keep teams off balance.” Over the weekend the Mustangs competed in a George Elliot tournament with 13 of 16 ranked teams. They lost to No.1 Kelowna Secondary Owls and Okanagan Mission, who they defeated a week ago. Corrie said the players didn’t serve well and made too many errors. Next up for the Mustangs are the Okanagan Valley championships in Kelowna Nov. 20-21 in which the top three teams in the valley advance to provincials in Langley in early December. “For us to qualify for provincials, we have a very difficult road,” he said. That road includes upsetting Clarence Fulton of Vernon No. 2 in province; W L Seaton of Vernon No. 6 or George Elliot No. 7. “If we serve and pass well, and control our own errors, we have a very realistic shot of being in the hunt for a provincial berth,” he said.