Junior spikers impress in season-opening win

Jamie Mountain

The defending champs looked every bit like their dominant selves from a year ago in their first match last Tuesday.
The Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team dispatched the host Kenora Broncos with a 3-0 sweep in the NorWOSSA season-opener for both teams.
“Overall I was impressed by our game play. Our vets came out really strong, our first-year players were nervous but settled in and played well,” lauded Muskie coach Terry McMahon.
“Our starting line came out very strong in the first. Second line were nervous, but got in a groove halfway through the second set and didn’t look back.”
After claiming the first two sets by scores of 25-8 and 25-21, the Muskies (1-0) had a shaky third set but still pulled it out by a 25-13 count.
McMahon lauded the resolve of his squad in finding a way to regroup and earn its first win of the season against the Broncos (0-1).
“In the third set we got caught sleeping a few times,” he admitted. “But we finished well.”
The Muskies have a busy week ahead of them as they were slated to host the Sioux Lookout Warriors (1-0) yesterday afternoon at Fort High in their home-opener (set scores were unavailable at press time) before heading to Dryden tomorrow to take on the Eagles (0-1).
Fort High then will cap the week by competing in the Kenora Invitational Tournament hosted by the Broncos this Friday and Saturday.
Defence is still a work in progress for the Muskies, which McMahon noted they would be working on extensively in practice this week.
“We will focus more on defence, we weren’t where we needed to be a lot of the time which caused some chaos and confusion and led to us giving up points we shouldn’t have,” he conceded of last week’s win against the Broncos.
“We will work on our out-of-system attacks and a lot on our serve receive.”
McMahon also admitted that he doesn’t know much about the Warriors, as they are new to the ‘AA’ division this year, but he was expecting a tough match nonetheless yesterday.
“I don’t know much about the team but I know they have great coaches, so I expect them to be tough,” he warned.
“It will be awesome to have them in our league this year.”
As for the Muskie seniors, they faced a much different outcome in their opener last Tuesday against the Broncos in falling 2-1.
Regular season NorWOSSA volleyball matches are now only a best-of-three, with the third set still being played regardless of the score.
After dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-15 to Kenora (1-0), the Muskies (0-1) ended on a positive note with a 25-19 win in the third and final set.
The Muskies were looking to rebound in their next game, which was slated for yesterday here when they welcomed the Warriors to Fort High (score unavailable at press time).
Fort High then will head to Dryden tomorrow to take on the Eagles before competing in the annual KIT hosted by the Broncos.
Both Muskie volleyball squads’ next home game is slated for next Wednesday (Oct. 2) when they welcome the Broncos to the “Fish Tank” for the lone time this season.