Muskie court teams swept in Kenora

All four Muskie court teams went winless in NorWOSSA action yesterday against the host Kenora Broncos.
The junior boys’ volleyball team, which remains winless after three matches so far this season, fell 3-1 in their best-of-five showdown.
After the Broncos took the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 27-25, the black-and-gold turned the tables in the third one with a 27-25 victory of their own.
But it was all Kenora in the fourth set, cruising to a 25-9 win to seal the match.
The senior volleyball team fared worse yesterday, getting swept 25-14, 28-26, and 25-19 by the Broncos to also fall to 0-3 on the season.
“We just have got to avoid that slump in the middle,” head coach John Gibson said when asked what the team needs to do to turn things around (the score was tied 11-11 in the first set before the Broncos rang up nine-straight points).
“It’s a competitive league with Dryden and Beaver Brae, and we’re so evenly matched with these guys, and all three games are back and forth,” Gibson noted.
“But we have one patch in the middle where we lose anywhere between five or nine points in a row, and that one slide where we can’t shake it off right away and get back on track is what hurt us,” he added.
In girls’ basketball action yesterday in Kenora, the Muskie junior squad—the defending NorWOSSA champs—were dumped 31-19 by the host Broncos to fall to 1-2 on the season.
The black-and-gold had won their first encounter with the Broncos 24-20 on home court earlier this season, but a stifling press by Kenora caused grief for the Muskies up there yesterday.
“We just had problems breaking the press,” noted head coach Dan Bird, who will be looking to use the team’s invitational tournament, which goes today and tomorrow at Fort High, to work on certain aspects of their game.
“There was a stretch where they were handling it and coming back, but then we lost confidence,” Bird added.
Lauren Gurski led the Muskie attack with nine points.
And after beating a short-handed Broncos team here on Tuesday here, the senior Muskies lost 29-27 in overtime against a full Kenora squad there yesterday to drop to 2-1 on the season.
Megan Soderholm was the top Muskie scorer with six points.
All four court teams resume NorWOSSA action next Thursday (Oct. 20) in Dryden.