They say it's not how you fall but how you get back up.
The Muskie junior boys' volleyball team (3-1) showed they weren't going to let a straight-sets loss to the host Dryden Eagles last Tuesday (Oct. 2), which was their first defeat of the NorWOSSA season, get them down and went out by completing their own sweep of the Kenora Broncos this past Thursday at Fort High.
Muskie head coach Terry “Goose” McMahon was thrilled with how his squad recovered from the tough loss earlier in the week to the Eagles.
“We played our best volleyball of the season so far [on Thursday],” he lauded.
“We kind of lost our energy in the third set but still managed to take the set,” he conceded.
“But we played our game and good things happened.”
The black-and-gold was more than impressive in taking care of business against the visiting Broncos on Thursday, winning the match by scores of 27-7, 25-22, and 25-16.
They also sit firmly in first place in the NorWOSSA standings while the Broncos (1-3) suffered their third loss of the season to remain in last place.
The Eagles (2-2) currently occupy second spot.
“The Broncos just played consistently all three sets, where as we were up and down,” McMahon noted about Thursday's win.
“Our first set we played great, second set had a bit of a slow start but made a nice little comeback to win, and the third we let our foot off the gas a bit,” he recalled.
One of the players who really stood out to McMahon was Tristan Yerxa, who he noted “played great” against the Broncos.
“Some of our first-year players are starting to stand out," he remarked. ”Tristan also had his first kill of the season, which was awesome.
“Brandon Croswell is really picking up on things," he noted. "He understands the game and makes really smart decisions on the court.”
“We are starting to play volleyball now so we can start working on the smaller details,” McMahon added.
“But specifically we'll work more on defence, out-of-system attacks, blocking, and our communication needs a lot of work.”
Last Tuesday, it was host Dryden that looked like “world beaters” and not the Muskies.
The Eagles used their home court to their advantage and pounded the black-and-gold by scores of 17-25, 19-25, and 16-25.
McMahon conceded the Muskies' focus was—and remains—their biggest challenge.
“After our last game in Dryden, we had a good talk followed by probably our best practice of the season, followed by our best game of the season,” he said.
“So hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”
The Muskies aren't in NorWOSSA action again until Tuesday (Oct. 16) when they host the Eagles at Fort High.
Then they'll head to Kenora to face the Broncos next Thursday (Oct. 18).
As for the senior squad (1-3), they came through with their first win of the NorWOSSA season with a hard-fought five-set victory against the Broncos here Thursday afternoon.
After winning a close first set 21-19, the Muskies dropped the next two to the Broncos (3-1) by scores of 16-25 and 21-25.
But the black-and-gold regained their composure in taking the fourth set 25-17 before grinding out the victory with a back-and-forth 19-17 score in fifth-and-deciding one.
The Muskies began the week with a tough 3-1 loss to the host Eagles (2-2) last Tuesday.
Set scores were 27-25, 24-26, 19-25, and 16-25 in that one.
The senior squad next will be in action this Friday and Saturday when they head to Dryden for an exhibition tournament.
Then they'll also resume NorWOSSA action next Tuesday (Oct. 16) when they host the Eagles.