Owls’ spike squads sweep Falcons

Jamie Mountain

The Rainy River Owls’ senior and junior boys’ volleyball teams had “sweep” dreams last Wednesday afternoon against the visiting Ignace Falcons.
The seniors gutted out a 25-18 win in the first set before taking the next two by scores of 25-16 and 25-17 to improve their record to 4-2 in NorWOSSA ‘A’ play.
Owls’ head coach Guy Arpin was pleased with how his squad executed in last Wednesday’s win, which snapped a two-match losing streak.
“Consistent passing and attack once again,” he noted. “Not giving away free points through service errors or shanked passes.”
One area of concern for Arpin, however, is the Owls’ lack of intensity at times.
“We always seem to rise to the occasion but need to be able to maintain intensity regardless the opponent,” he stressed.
“[But] once again it was a team effort.”
The Owls will be in NorWOSSA action again on Monday when they host the Atikokan Voyageurs at RRHS, then will welcome the Red Lake Rams next Wednesday to make-up for a match that was postponed back on Oct. 10 due to inclement weather.
“Blocking,” Arpin replied when asked about what areas his players would be working on ahead of next week’s matches.
“We have had injuries in this area and need to bring everyone up to speed,” he noted.
Arpin also said being able to stay healthy, which has plagued his team so far, will be key to ending the regular season strong.
The junior squad also cruised to a 3-0 win over the Falcons last Wednesday to improve to 4-2.
It also was Rainy River’s fourth-straight win after starting the season 0-2.
The Owls easily took the first set 25-13 before claiming the next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-6.
In girls’ basketball action last Wednesday, the senior Owls dropped their third-straight game with a 47-30 loss to the Falcons that evened their league record at 3-3.
The Falcons led 21-12 at halftime before outscoring the Owls 26-18 the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Ignace doesn’t have a junior girls’ team so the Owls remain with a perfect 5-0 record.
Both Owls’ hoops squads then were in action at the Tiger Fall Classic tournament on Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay.
The juniors compiled a 1-2 record at the tourney, which included a narrow 27-24 loss to the Muskies on Friday while their other loss was by just four points.
As for the senior squad, they went winless (0-3), with one game being an overtime nail-biter that they came up short in.
Both squads also will end the regular season at home with games against the Atikokan Voyageurs on Monday, followed by a make-up game next Wednesday versus the Red Lake Rams.