Junior spikers lose in finals

Both the Muskie junior and senior girls’ volleyball teams were beaten out by Atikokan in the playoffs of a tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenora last weekend.
The juniors had compiled a 9-3 record during the round-robin action but lost 2-1 in the best-of-three final to Atikokan to finish in second place.
“Losing to Atikokan taught us we need to work on our defence, which wasn’t good,” junior head coach Struchan Gilson remarked.
“We didn’t win but we played very well,” he added, noting the team is coming along nicely at this point of the season.
Meanwhile, the senior spikers had cruised through the round-robin with a perfect 12-0 mark before being upset by Atikokan in the semi-finals.
“Overall. I am happy with how well they played,” said head coach Adrian Chapman. “We faltered once in the semi-final and that cost us.”
Chapman noted Atikokan wasn’t a strong team but once he took his starters off the court and played the bench, things went downhill from there.
“[After I played the bench], I put my starters back on the court but they couldn’t pull it back out,” he explained.
Still, he said the entire team played a strong tournament although he highlighted Siobhan Devlin as one of the best players there.
“Siobhan played well–amazingly well,” Chapman remarked. “She played almost to perfection. Every game she plays she gets better.
“Siobhan was steps . . . two or three steps above everyone else at the tournament,” he stressed.
Both volleyball teams return to NorWOSSA action here tomorrow against the Kenora Broncos, with the seniors then heading off to Thunder Bay for a “fun tournament” this weekend.