The Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team entered two squads in Dryden’s annual “Pumpkin Smash” tournament over the weekend—and gained invaluable experience moving forward into the last few weeks of their NorWOSSA season.
The rookie squad was in tough right from the get-go, finishing fifth out of the six teams and failing to advance to the playoffs.
“One of our setters couldn’t make the tournament and the boys had to run a 5-1 system for the first time,” Muskie head coach Duane Roen wrote in an e-mail to the Times.
“[But] all of the rookie players showed improvement throughout the weekend.”
The senior squad, meanwhile, finished fourth out of the seven teams in the round-robin. Roen said they played well at times, but struggled to close out sets.
Fort High was forced to face top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas in the first round of the playoffs, which they lost in straight sets by scores of 25-14 and 25-21.
“The boys tightened up their game and led throughout most of the second set,” Roen noted. “[But] T.A. fought back late in the set and got the better end of the last four plays.
“The boys are beginning to take chances offensively and, for the most part, it is paying off.”