Muskie spikers bring home bronze

After eight matches, and 16 gruelling sets at the St. Patrick’s senior girls’ volleyball tournament in Thunder Bay, the Muskies had little left in the tank for their bronzemedal match against the Westgate Tigers.
But, as they had done all weekend, the squad produced when the chips were down.
Coming off an emotional semifinal loss to the Dryden Eagles that saw the Muskies fall 25-20 and 25-23 in the best-of-three affair (after beating Dryden in pool play), the Muskies went flat in the opening set against Westgate.
After grabbing an early lead, the black-and-gold faltered, falling 25- 12 in what was their least inspired game of the tournament.
But after a brief break, and some words of encouragement from coaches Char Bliss and Struchan Gilson, the focus returned in the second set.
With veteran powers Kate Elliott and Melanie Pierce delivering some key kills, and longtime middles Amanda Allan and Trish Smith some critical blocks, the black-and-gold evened the match with a 25-16 win.
That set the stage for a comfortable 15-11 in the third and deciding set and a bronze medal for the near exhausted senior girls.
In the gold-medal showdown between Dryden and the Hillcrest Colts, Thunder Bay’s top team, the Eagles swept to victory by scores of 25-23 and 25-17.
Whitefish Bay also had a strong tournament, advancing to the eight-team playoff round before losing their quarter-final match to Dryden in three sets.
Muskie Kate Elliott earned a spot on the tournament all-star team while Dryden’s Sarah Wintle was named tournament MVP.
All four Fort High court teams are back on the floor this Thursday as the Eagles travel here.