The girls’ volleyball team at Jonas Samson Junior High hopes to maintain its recent winning streak as they head into high school level regionals this weekend in La Ronge.
After taking gold at the high school girls’ 4A conference champion this weekend in Onion Lake, the team feels ready for its next challenge.
“We liked playing high school teams and seeing how we could do against them,” Emily Lehoux, who plays middle, said.
Her teammate Paige Ellis said it was nice to go up against the toughest team at the tournament and win, against the Onion Lake host team.
“We weren’t behind them by much,” she said. “So then the teams this weekend, we should be able to keep up with them.”
Both players agreed the team’s success can be attributed to their bonds on and off the court.
“We get along well, and we know how to play the sport well,” Ellis said.
“We knew how much we wanted to move onto regionals, so in that last game we really fought and played our best game,” Lehoux added.
Coach Chris Ellis said this coming weekend will be a real test for the team, as high school teams have more defensive experience. He said the squad has no other expectations other to try their best, as they meet teams from Maidstone, Tisdale, La Ronge, Nipawin and Sturgeon Lake.
“We have to be really gritty defensively, and do a really good job at the net,” he said. “If we move on to provincials, it will be the first time for a Jonas girls team.”
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