Muskies swept in Dryden

All four Muskie court teams began their NorWOSSA seasons with losses at the hands of the host Dryden Eagles yesterday.
The junior boys’ volleyball team sent their best-of-five match the distance before coming out on the short end of a 3-2 decision.
But head coach Greg Ste. Croix drew some positives from the match, which saw the Muskies jump out to a 2-0 lead (by scores of 25-20 and 25-23) before dropping the next three games (26-24, 25-13, and 15-11).
“The quick start of two wins is very encouraging,” Ste. Croix said last night after the teams arrived back at Fort High from Dryden.
“Not being able to close is something we have to work on, which is good because you want to able to work on something throughout the course of the season.
“We started out really strong,” he noted. “We won both games, but we just came up a little short in the third game, 26-24, and we sort of were on our heels after that.
“Any time you get a chance to get on the court and compete, it’s good for the kids,” he added. “I think they were looking forward to it after a week-and-a-half of tryouts and a week of practices.”
The senior boys’ team, which headed to Thunder Bay for a tournament today and tomorrow, were swept 25-13, 25-16, and 25-19 by the host Eagles yesterday.
But things are still early, said co-coach John Gibson, who believes the team will steadily improve as the season wears on.
“I was happy with the way they played today, they’re definitely improving with every game,” Gibson said last night. “They had some great rallies and it was very fun to watch.
“That’s what it is all about,” he stressed. “You’re watching the kids play and having a good time, their laughing, bringing it in after a play, you see the excitement and the kids cheering from the bench.
“It’s a lot of fun and it feels good.”
Meanwhile, the junior girls’ basketball team, who will be in Dryden again for a tournament today and tomorrow, were beaten 30-24 by the Eagles yesterday while the senior hoopsters fell 43-33.
All four teams will play their home-openers next Thursday (Sept. 30) starting at noon against the Kenora Broncos.