It was a complete team effort by the Muskie junior girls’ volleyball team over the weekend.
The black-and-gold went a perfect 7-0 en route to winning gold at the “Winter Blast” tournament hosted by the Kenora Broncos on Friday and Saturday.
Head coach Bob Kowal lauded each of his players for playing a part in the squad’s success.
“At some point during the tournament, all of the kids contributed to our team success,” he enthused.
“It was nice to have Keisha Debungie return from her injury and get some matches under her belt,” Kowal said.
“She really improves our middle attack as she does have experience from last year being a returning starter.
“She really complements our other first-year middle, Ciera Ogden, who is really developing into an excellent player,” he added.
Kowal also said his squad’s right side continues to improve with Aurora Hutton and Grace Kowal playing a crucial role.
“Most teams rarely set the right side as it is difficult to do unless you have strong passing, which we do,” he noted.
“After the final, the Westgate coach paid our girls a real compliment, commending them on their play from the right side,” Kowal recalled.
“His words were, ‘We don’t get this competition in our league and it’s nice to compete against teams that can play at a high level.’
“Our left side players–Becca Jourdain, Abby Roach, Kaylyn Levesque, and Kenna Spuzak–continue to provide timely hitting and defence, and excellent serving,” Kowal added.
The first-place Muskies sported a 5-0 record in NorWOSSA play heading into yesterday afternoon’s match here against the Dryden Eagles, with the outcome not known as of press time.
Then they’ll cap the week tomorrow afternoon when they welcome the Kenora Broncos to the “Fish Tank”.
“Our mantra will be serving and serve-receive,” Kowal said.
“If we continue to do this well, we’ll eventually break