Junior spikers win again

The Muskie court teams wrapped up regular-season action here yesterday in a fashion that mirrored most of the NorWOSSA campaign—with a few key battles but the junior boys’ volleyball team as the lone shining light.
The junior spikers beat the visiting Dryden Eagles in four sets, splitting the first two by scores of 25-17 and 21-25 before rallying to win the final two by 25-15 and 25-18 margins.
“I’m happy with how the boys played,” said head coach Duane Roen. “We’re starting to put it together. The boys seem to have that confidence now after going well at the end of the season.
“We’re looking forward to next week.”
Even though the black-and-gold went undefeated through the latter half of the season to finish at 6-2, they’re still ranked behind the first-place Eagles (6-2) by virtue of having lost more total sets to the Eagles in their head-to-head match-ups.
As such, the juniors will have to face the third-place Kenora Broncos (0-8) in the semi-finals when the NorWOSSA playoffs are held here next Friday (Nov. 9).
The Broncos may not seem like much of a challenge, but “NorWOSSA’s a strange day, though. You never know,” Roen warned.
Meanwhile, the three other Muskie squads ended the regular season on a sour note—facing some blowout losses to the Eagles here yesterday.
The senior girls’ basketball team (3-5) fell 29-18 after trailing by only 13-10 at halftime.
“I think the deciding factor was passing,” Muskie coach Ian Simpson said after the game. “We made some good plays on defence, and then we negated them by throwing away the ball.”
The senior girls will face the 1-7 Broncos in the semi-finals next Friday, with the winner advancing to meet undefeated Eagles with NorWOSSA gold on the line.
Simpson is confident his team can put on a show at the NorWOSSA showdown.
“We’ve got a week to prepare for the playoffs, and we’ll see what we can do,” he remarked.
The junior girls’ basketball team and senior boys’ volleyball team both lost yesterday to finish at 0-8. The girls fell 28-19 to Dryden lost in three-straight sets (25-14, 25-18, and 25-20).
Both teams are hoping for an upset in the semi-finals here next Friday, particularly the senior boys who, despite last night’s sweep to the Eagles, won their first set in six years in a four-set loss in Kenora back on Oct. 23.