Their head coach had the utmost confidence in them all season and they came through in the clutch.
The second-seeded Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team rallied for a 3-1 victory over the top-ranked Dryden Eagles to claim NorWOSSA gold last Tuesday afternoon at Fort High.
The black-and-gold dropped the first set by a 25-11 margin, then fought back to take the next three by scores of 25-16, 25-20, and 25-20 and stun the Eagles.
“Our start in the final had me nervous,” Muskie head coach Terry “Goose” McMahon admitted.
“Thankfully, we showed up in the second set and started playing our game.
“I am proud of the boys for bouncing back,” he lauded. “It took a lot of heart after that rough of a start.
“It was a great finish to our year.”
Fort High advanced to the final after beating the third-seeded Kenora Broncos in four sets in the semi-final earlier in the day.
The Muskies trailed 14-12 in the first set but battled back, and had a set-clinching kill from Jaxon Gartzke, to take it by a 25-22 score.
They went into cruise control in the second set when Ashton Cousineau served 18-straight points and didn’t allow the Broncos to score their first point until it was 19-0.
The Broncos rallied from there, trimming it to 21-5 before the Muskies prevailed 25-6.
In a back-and-forth third set, Kenora regrouped to eventually win it by a 25-21 score.
Then in the fourth-and-deciding set, the black-and-gold faced little challenge in winning 25-12 to take the match.
“We played well in the semis,” said McMahon. “The boys were relaxed and played their game.
“We served well and were strong at the net.”
McMahon also felt Peyton Avis did a great job of running the squad’s offence, not just last Tuesday–but all season.
“Declan Webb had a lot of great kills,” he added. “Ashton Cousineau served 18 in a row or something like that against the Broncos, which you don’t see too often.
“But both [matches] were total team wins,” McMahon stressed. “Everyone played a part, both on the bench and on the court.”
After a wonderful season, the outlook for the junior