Spikers lose in deciding game to Whitefish Bay

While it’s difficult to be satisfied with a loss, the Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team can feel a little better after taking Whitefish Bay to a fifth and deciding game in NorWOSSA action here yesterday afternoon.
After being dominated by the Winterhawks in a pair of tournament games here last weekend, the Muskies played much better in a 15-13, 10-15, 7-15, 17-15, and 2-15 loss.
In fact, the black-and-gold stormed out of the gate to win the first game–and then led by as much as 9-4 in the second–before Whitefish Bay finally got its game on track.
After tying the score at 10-10, the Winterhawks scored five-straight points for the victory.
With their backs to the wall after losing the third game, the Muskies did extend the match with a thrilling 17-15 win in the fourth one. But then it was all Whitefish Bay is the deciding game.
“We just didn’t have enough intensity,” said Muskie power hitter Jason Jones, who had another solid game at his new position. “They were a little more pumped up than us.”
Still, Muskie head coach Toby Munro said he was pleased with his team’s effort–and play–yesterday compared to their weekend matches.
“Our intensity was low in the final game and our guys made some mental mistakes but I thought it was our best match of the year because Whitefish Bay is a very good team,” he noted.
“You never want to be happy with a loss but I was happy with our game,” he added. “I was thinking of making some changes at some positions but now I’m thinking otherwise.”
The offence, which struggled at times over the weekend, looked much better yesterday.
“I think we passed better today and our hitting keeps on getting better,” noted rookie John Sivonen.
The seniors’ next action is this weekend at a tournament in Selkirk, Man.
Meanwhile, the junior Muskies dropped a 3-1 decision (by scores of 12-15, 7-15, 15-6, and 3-15) to Whitefish Bay here yesterday.
Despite the loss, head coach Duane Roen said the team continues to improve and simply lost to a very talented Winterhawk lineup.
“They’ve improved on the techniques and how they approach their spikes,” he said afterwards.
He singled out the play of power hitter Benji Degroot and setter Nick Botsford, and the height of Jamie Algie, as being highlights during the loss.
And Roen said he’s not too worried about wins and losses at this stage of the season.
“With it being the junior team, we’re basically teaching them the game and making sure everyone gets a chance to play,” he stressed.