Trust in each other fuelling sr. spikers’ success

Jamie Mountain

Being on the same page with your teammates is critical for any team’s success–and it’s something the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball squad prides itself on.
The Muskies used excellent teamwork to snag a pair of victories over the visiting Dryden Eagles and Kenora Broncos last week that improved their NorWOSSA record to a perfect 7-0 and clinched first place.
“This team is beginning to trust each other more and willing to take more risks,” head coach Duane Roen lauded.
“Staying strong at critical times, and believing in what this team is capable of when they work together, is key.”
The Muskies, who now have a two-week break for exams, next will be in action at a tournament in Thunder Bay on Feb. 1-2.
After that, they’ll conclude regular-season play on Feb. 5, when they hit the road to battle the second-place Eagles (3-3).
“Looking at NorWOSSA lineup combinations against Dryden, and really focusing on serve-receive and reading their offence,” Roen replied when asked what his squad would be working on over the break.
As for last week’s wins, the Muskies started things off strong on Tuesday by sweeping the visiting Eagles by scores of 25-19, 27-25, and 25-16.
“Continually putting up a solid first-level defence [blocking],” Roen cited as the key to success against Dryden.
“Also we are strong and diverse enough offensively to be able to attack from anywhere along the net, making us hard to defend,” he noted.
“The girls continue to battle through our weaknesses, improving daily.”
Fort High then capped the week with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the last-place Broncos (0-7).
After taking the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-16, the Broncos rallied to win the third one by a 25-22 margin.
But the Muskies quickly regrouped and got their communication back on track in winning the fourth set 25-15 to remain undefeated in NorWOSSA play.
“Kenora had an injured player return to the lineup for the first time this season, which gave them some more left-side choices,” Roen recalled.
“However, we continued to block Kenora and forced them to tip or hit over the block, allowing us to recycle the ball more effectively,” he said.