The Muskie senior girls' volleyball team had visions of gold dancing in their heads.
Alas, the Dryden Eagles had much different plans in store for them.
The Eagles stunned the Muskies by winning the championship match by scores of 25-19 and 25-22 to snag the title at the St. Patrick Volleyball Festival in Thunder Bay over the weekend.
Fort High had gone a perfect 6-0 before hitting the roadblock that was the Eagles.
“Dryden served tough and played solid defence,” Muskie head coach Duane Roen said of the final.
“They worked well at placing the ball and kept us out of system, and [we] could not run our strong offence,” he noted.
“We were reduced to tipping and placing the ball, which they defended very well.”
The Muskies compiled a 4-0 record in Pool 'D' play on Friday, which included straight-sets wins over the Superior Gryphons (25-16/25-8), SNVC Blue (25-9/25-12), Dryden Eagles' juniors (25-9/25-11), and Trillium (25-14/25-11) to finish in first place.
Fort High then swept the Kenora Broncos in Saturday morning's quarter-finals (25-16/25-11).
“We stayed in control of most matches this weekend, which allowed opportunities to run new offensive plays which were very impressive,” Roen enthused.
The Muskies then beat Atikokan in straight sets (25-23 and 25-18) in the semis Saturday afternoon to set up the gold-medal match against the Eagles.
“Everyone had a positive contribution at some point this weekend,” Roen lauded.
The Muskies, who currently sport a 7-0 record to sit in first place in NorWOSSA play, will conclude regular-season action next Tuesday (Feb. 12) in Dryden.
That match originally was slated for yesterday but was rescheduled.
“Serving," Roen replied about what his squad would be working on as the season winds down. ”We had two sets at the tournament where serving was horrible.
“We need better defence all around and need to aggressively attack an out-of-system ball,” he stressed.
“[We'll be] trying out a few changes to our game plan against Dryden and finalizing the lineup for NorWOSSA.”
The NorWOSSA playoffs are slated for next Friday (Feb. 15) in Kenora.
The Muskies have a bye to the final by virtue of clinching a first-place finish.