The Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team survived one playoff match at the annual Dryden Classic tournament over the weekend.
Unfortunately, Fort High couldn’t quite make it two as they fell 2-1 to the Portage La Prairie Fire in the best-of-three quarter-finals.
The Muskie took the opening set 25-19, but then lost 25-15 and 15-12 to be bounced from further contention.
The black-and-gold had gotten the playoff round off on the right foot with a 2-1 victory over the Hammarskjold Vikings (Thunder Bay) by scores of 25-14, 24-26, and 15-11.
Playing in the seven-team pool at the 13-team tournament, the Muskies emerged from the preliminary round after winning six sets while also losing six.
The squad split with the St. Ignatius Falcons (Thunder Bay), losing 25-17 before recovering 26-24.
Then against the Kenora Broncos, the Muskies rolled to a 25-12 victory in the first set before falling 25-15.
Fort High then swept the Dryden Eagles junior team 25-15 and 25-8 but then were broomed themselves 25-7 and 25-18 by St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora).
The Muskies then split their remaining preliminary matches, winning 25-15 and losing 25-23 to the Churchill Trojans (Thunder Bay) before winning 25-21 and falling 25-19 to the St. Patrick’s Saints (Thunder Bay).
Coach Duane Roen noted his squad came into the tournament having only practised three times while waiting for the senior girls’ basketball season to wrap up.
Roen also noted the team “focused on player placement, as well as building team chemistry” at the tournament.