ELK HORN — The Ar-We-Va-Rockets (1-4) earned their first win of the year over Exira-EHK (1-5) on Tuesday night, winning 3-0.

The Rockets played a spoiler to the Spartans home opener for new head coach Courtney Peppers. Though the Spartans had leads in Set 2 and and a late lead in Set 3, the Spartans were unable to finish either set with a win.

In spite of losing the late leads, Peppers says the players still showed plenty of flashes that could show good things are ahead.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Peppers said. “They fought until the very end. They’ve been working really hard and if we can eliminate are silly mistakes we’ll be right in every game. I believe we have the talent and the want to do it. We just have to keep working and we’ll get there.”

The Spartans had late leads such as a 17-11 in the second set and 20-17 in the third set. With all the highs and lows from the contest, senior Makaela Riley is still proud of tonight performance and said there are still plenty of points to take from this contest.

“I guess since this was our first individual game,” Riley said. “We had a lot of high points and low points. I am really proud of us, I just think we need to learn how to finish a game, and put it together all at once.”

Exira-EHK’s next game will be at Coon Rapids-Bayard (5-1). Varsity action will begin at 7:30 p.m. They also will compete Saturday at the Griswold Invtational.