Junior spikers sweep Broncos

Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team is showing game-by-game that it is a force to be reckoned with this season.
The black-and-gold improved to 2-0 in NorWOSSA play with a sweep of the host Kenora Broncos last Tuesday (Sept. 25).
Set scores were 25-13, 25-22, and 25-11.
“Our game went well yesterday,” Muskie head coach Terry “Goose” McMahon enthused last Wednesday.
“Our serving was the strongest it has [been] yet,” he noted. “It gave them lots of problems.”
McMahon noted Jaxon Gartzke was one of the stand-out players on the squad against Kenora, serving well and registering three kills.
“He also played middle for the first time and did great,” McMahon lauded.
“Our rookie line played well,” he added. “They are starting to learn the game and be more comfortable on the court.
“It’s good to see.”
Although his players have been more than impressive so far this season, McMahon admitted there are areas they still can work on.
The Muskies were slated to face the Eagles in Dryden yesterday, with the outcome not known as of press time.
McMahon knew what the practices ahead of that match would focus on.
“Our focus continues to be an area we need to work on,” he remarked.
“We’ll continue working on our attacks,” he noted. “Attacking off of the serve, we have a really good serve receive, so I’d like us to be more aggressive.
“And more team defence.”
As for the challenges the Eagles would provide, McMahon noted Dryden has great coaching.
“So they’re going to improve each time we see them [and] we have to make sure we are working hard to do the same,” he reasoned.
As for the Muskie senior squad, they faced a much stiffer test last Tuesday in Kenora and saw their NorWOSSA record fall to 0-2 after losing in straight sets to the host Broncos.
The set scores were 16-25, 18-25, and 19-25.
But the team’s 0-2 record isn’t a concern for head coach John Gibson, just as long as they improve over the course of the season and finish the year as the last team standing.
“Our record isn’t a concern for me,” he remarked.
“All three teams make the playoffs, [so] we just need to be the best team on Nov. 6,” he noted, referring to when Fort High hosts the NorWOSSA championships.
Gibson felt the biggest factor in the loss to Kenora was too many unforced errors. The Muskies committed 11 or more each set, which nullified any realistic chance to pull out a win.
But there were some areas he thought the black-and-gold did well in versus the Broncos.
“[Our] court coverage improved a lot,” Gibson noted. “We only gave up four points to tips.”
The seniors also were slated to face the Eagles yesterday in Dryden, with the outcome not known as of press time.
Gibson knew what the Muskies would have to improve on quickly in order to have a successful day and also what challenges a good Dryden squad would provide.
“Serving and passing is our focus so that we can run our offence consistently,” he explained.
“We know that they cover the court well,” he added. “But if we play them like we did the first two sets when they were here, we will come out on top.
“We need to keep our momentum throughout the whole match.”
Both Muskie squads return to NorWOSSA action tomorrow when they host the Broncos.
The seniors then will head to Dryden on Oct. 12-13 for an exhibition tournament.