By George Ferguson
The Havre Blue Pony volleyball team takes to the road once again this weekend as they visit Lewistown for a Central A triangular meet on Saturday.
The Ponies will face the Anaconda Copperheads and the Dillon Beavers in conference play, starting with Anaconda at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Blue Ponies are 5-4 on the season overall and come into the meet with a 2-0 conference record.
Havre is coming off of a very close five game win against the Chinook Sugarbeeters last Saturday night in Havre. Pony head coach Lacy Anderson was happy to get the victory but feels her team has a lot of work to do if her team is stay in the Central A conference race.
"We are not where we need to be at this point in the season," Anderson said. "We really haven't played to the level I think we're capable of yet. We have a long way to go and a lot of work ahead of us if we're going to improve."
The Ponies will open the triangular with a rematch with Anaconda. The Copperheads (5-3, 2-1) beat the Ponies in a tight match at the Central A Volleyball Extravaganza in Browning on the opening week of the season.
"Anaconda is a really scrappy team," Anderson said. "They are just one of those teams that play you really tough and they are very hard to put away."
After that match, the Ponies will face the Dillon Beavers at 4 p.m. Anderson knows that Dillon presents a stern test for her squad.
"Dillon is a really tough team," Anderson said. "They are big and physical and they will give us some problems at the net."
The Beavers are currently leading the Central A south subdivision with a 7-1 overall record, and the Beavers are undefeated in conference play at 4-0.
Although Anderson's team has not been playing like she thinks they should she is still optimistic this weekend.
"Practice has been up and down all week," Anderson said. "But if the girls just come out and play hard and play like I know they can, that is all I can ask of them."
The Ponies are 2-0 in the Central A conference and, as far as Anderson is concerned, right in the conference race.
"We just need to start improving each week," Anderson said. "Even though we're not where I think we should be right now, our defense is playing really well and I think tf we keep working hard we'll get there."