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The good times kept on rolling for the Muskie girls' volleyball teams last week against the visiting Kenora Broncos.

Both squads came away with straight sets wins to improve upon their league-best records in NorWOSSA action at Fort High last Thursday afternoon.

The Muskie juniors were able to rebound from their first loss of the season, a 2-0 setback to the host Dryden Eagles back on Jan. 9, with a tight 2-0 victory over Kenora to improve to 4-1 in league play.

The set scores were 25-23 and 26-24. Kenora won the third exhibition set 25-11.

“It is always nice to win but I think we caught a few breaks and we were fortunate to beat a much improved Beaver Brae team,” Muskie coach Bob Kowal admitted.

“Our passing is an issue at the moment-we are trying to address this at practice but we are still struggling to be consistent. It may force us to move some players around in order to ensure our best passers get the opportunity to pass on a regular basis.”

Kowal felt as though his squad was able to serve the ball well and we were able to get some easy points because of it against the Broncos.

“Ciera Ogden was a force when we were able to pass a ball to the setter, which was sporadic, to say the least,” he remarked.

"Not to be critical, but we need to be more consistent in all aspects of our game. This game starts and finishes with passing—if we are able to rectify our struggles there, I think we will be a lot better.

“To win a [NorWOSSA] championship, you need to do one or two things better than all the other teams,” Kowal reasoned.

“I am not so certain we are better in any of the areas . . . yet!”

Heading down the stretch of the season, Kowal said he is hoping the Muskies will continue to refine their skills and team play.

“We need to stress the importance of internal competition and have the kids push each other to be better,” he stressed.

"In the end, our goal will be to play for the NorWOSSA championship and give ourselves an opportunity for the gold medal.

“I am happy where we stand in the NorWOSSA league standings,” he added.

"We still have an opportunity to win the season and get a bye into the finals. However, from a skill development standpoint, I think some kids have plateaued.

“I know some are just happy being on the team—which is a great accomplishment—but I need to see more internal competition,” Kowal urged.

“Kids need to challenge each other in order for the team.”

As for the senior squad, they ran their NorWOSSA record to an unblemished 5-0 with a dominating 2-0 win over the Broncos last Thursday here.

After claiming the first set by a 25-11 count, Fort High closed things out with a 25-12 win in the second set.

The Muskies also won the third exhibition set by a 25-10 count.

Due to exams, both Muskie volleyball teams won't resume NorWOSSA play until Wednesday, Feb. 5 when they take on the host Sioux Lookout Warriors.

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