Owls’ junior spikers improve to 5-0 league best

Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls’ junior girls’ volleyball team has been nothing short of superb this season and may just be peaking at the right time.
Rainy River improved to a league-best 5-0 as they won both of their matches in NorWOSSA ‘A’ play last week against the host Red Lake Rams and St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
“These past few games have really shown how much they have improved and how much passion they have for the sport,” Owls’ coach Hayley Arpin lauded of her team. “I find that each game they play, they improve a little more and they always find a way to surprise me! I’m very proud of the progress they have made these past couple months.”
The Owls opened play last Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Rams and then followed that up the next day with another straight sets win over the Saints.
Arpin said what stood out to her most about the Owls’ play last week was their mentality and drive to be successful.
“St. Thomas Aquinas gave us a good second set and really made the girls dig deep to pull out the win,” she recalled.
“Their positive attitudes really pay off during tough and stressful matches. Since T.A. gave us such a intense match, I feel like that will encourage and teach the girls to never give up and always play their hardest for every point.
“Going into a new game coming off a win is always a good form of momentum,” she reasoned.
“So I feel like that will benefit us, along with how much improvement the girls have made on their skills/game play.”
As for the senior squad, they split their matches last week to see their league record improve to 1-4.
Rainy River opened play last week with a 3-1 win over the Rams last Wednesday but followed that up with a 3-0 loss to the Saints the next day in Kenora.
In boys’ basketball action last week, meanwhile, both the Owls’ junior and senior teams were unable to come away with wins.
The junior squad dropped a 51-33 decision to the Rams last Wednesday before then losing 46-32 to the Saints the following day to see their league record drop to 0-3.
As for the seniors, they were thumped 47-12 by the Rams last Wednesday before then being crushed 72-16 by the Saints the next day in Kenora to see their record fall to 0-5.
All four Owls’ court sports teams will end the regular season with a trio of home games this week.
Rainy River was slated to host the Rams yesterday afternoon, with the outcomes not known as of press time.
The Owls then will welcome the Pelican Falls Timberwolves today before battling the Ignace Falcons tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. at RRHS.
The Owls’ senior boys’ basketball team won’t play tomorrow as Ignace does not have a senior team this year.