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Junior spikers claim title

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The Muskie junior girls' volleyball team showed more of their dominance over the weekend as they compiled a 6-0-1 record en route to claiming the title at the St. Patrick Volleyball Festival in Thunder Bay.

Fort High went 3-0-1 in Pool 'A' play on Friday, which included straight-sets wins over the host St. Patrick Saints Green (25-18/25-12), Superior Gryphons (25-9/25-8), and Hammarskjold Vikings (25-16/25-11) before earning a split with the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora (25-15/21-25) to finish in first place.

The Muskies then swept the La Verendrye Vipers by scores of 25-8 and 25-11 in Saturday morning's quarter-finals to advance to the semis against the Dryden Eagles that afternoon.

The black-and-gold easily took the match against the Eagles by scores of 25-14 and 25-21 to set up the final against the Westgate Tigers (Thunder Bay).

Fort High showed its dominance yet again by winning gold in straight sets (25-17 and 25-9).

The Muskie 'B' team, meanwhile, had a good showing at the tourney in compiling an 2-1 record in Pool 'B' play.

After losing in three sets to the host Saints' Gold team (25-27, 14-25, and 25-22), the Muskies rebounded with wins over the Vipers (25-19, 17-25, and 25-33) and the Whiskey Jacks (25-14, 25-17, and 25-10) to finish in second place.

The squad then faced the Eagles in Saturday morning's quarter-finals, where they lost in straight sets (18-25 and 15-25).

That dropped the black-and-gold into the consolation side semi-finals, where they again were defeated in straight sets by the Vipers (18-25 and 22-25).

All four Muskie court teams will wrap up NorWOSSA regular-season action tomorrow in Dryden against the Eagles.

The NorWOSSA playoffs then will be hosted by the Kenora Broncos this Friday (Feb. 15).

Both Muskie volleyball squads, as well as the senior boys' basketball team, have byes to their respective finals by virtue of clinching first-place in the regular season.

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