Opening split for jr. spikers

Lucas Punkari

Senior squad
still winless
The first week of the season will be one that both the Muskie junior and senior girls’ volleyball squads will use as a building block for the rest of the NorWOSSA campaign.
The juniors went 1-1 in their opening two matches last week—losing a five-set thriller to the host Dryden Eagles on Wednesday (19-25, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19, and 11-15) before sweeping the Kenora Broncos (25-9, 25-13, and 25-22) here the following day.
“We knew Dryden was going to be a tough game going in, but both teams played really well and I think you are going to see some great [matches] between both of us all year,” said junior head coach Jason Cain.
“We had a different game plan for our game against Kenora,” he noted. “In our first rotation, we had our best servers and most experienced players out on the court and we were able to dominate them.
“[Then] in our second and third [sets], we played a lot of our Grade 9 players and they played great out there, which was very nice to see as we got the win,” he added.
The senior spikers, meanwhile, lost both of their matches, starting with a sweep at the hands of the host Eagles last Wednesday (11-25, 10-25, and 9-25).
Then they fell in four sets (16-25, 25-10, 20-25, and 19-25) to Kenora here on Thursday.
“The potential for our team is there, which we saw in the second-set win over Kenora,” senior head coach Duane Roen said.
“But we still have a lot of work to do as we move ahead in a lot of different things,” he stressed.
Both teams will return to NorWOSSA action on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Dryden before returning home on Thursday, Jan. 12 against Kenora.