Junior spikers avert Dryden sweep

The Dryden Eagles made themselves right at home here yesterday—and only one of four Muskie court squads could do anything about it.
The junior boys’ volleyball team (3-2) battled to a 3-2 win in their best-of-five match against the visiting Eagles. The scores were 28-26, 17-25, 25-19, 20-25, and 15-11.
“It was probably our best match so far,” said Muskie coach Greg Ste. Croix, whose team is on a two-game winning streak in NorWOSSA play.
“A lot more players came to play today,” he added.
But the Eagles continued their dominance over the Muskies in senior boys’ volleyball action, winning 3-0 to hand the black-and-gold (1-4) their third-straight loss.
Game scores were 25-21, 25-11, and 25-20.
The Eagles have swept all three of their matches against the Muskies this season.
In girls’ basketball action here yesterday, lacklustre foul shooting and momentary confusion cost the senior girls in a 31-30 loss to Dryden.
Danielle McGee led the Muskies (3-2) with six points, but accidentally shot at her own basket after taking a pass on an in-bounds play with less than a minute to go.
The shot glanced off the backboard and into the hands of Eagles forward Ashley Latimer, who drained the decisive shot from the side of the key.
Muskie coach Darren Johnson came to McGee’s defence after the contest.
“That play didn’t cost us the game,” said Johnson, whose team has lost two-straight league games heading into a tournament at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay this weekend.
“The fact we went three-for-14 from the foul line in the fourth quarter [five-for-24 for the game] was more what hurt us.”
Chanda Jordens paced the Eagles with 11 points while Kristin Wiedenhoeft added 10.
Finally, the junior Muskies (0-5) posted their highest point total of the season but it wasn’t enough to get past the Eagles, who went home with a 40-32 victory.
Brittany Kamm had nine points and Carly Brown chipped in eight for the Eagles while Laura Busch topped the Muskies with seven.
Muskie coach Mike Busch also is taking his squad to Thunder Bay this weekend for a series of exhibition games against Nipigon-Red Rock, the Hammarskjold Vikings, and Port Arthur Collegiate Institute.