While the Muskie volleyball teams had trouble making the trip to Whitefish Bay yesterday through the blizzard to close out their NorWOSSA regular seasons, they had even more trouble on the court.
In fact, they probably wish they hadn’t made the trip at all.
The senior boys’ made the trip with just six players, and then had to use a junior player because of an injury to Bob Botsford. The result was a lacklustre 15-3, 15-11, and 15-3 loss to the host Winterhawks.
Duane Roen, the junior coach who was pressed into double duty as the senior coach for yesterday’s action, said the scores were a good indication of how the match went.
Without the services of their top two players in Jason Jones and Jeff Morrison (who didn’t make the trip), the black-and-gold simply couldn’t handle the awesome hitting of Whitefish Bay. That, combined with a lack of height by the Muskies at the net, resulted into too many quick and easy points for the home squad.
“They are a very strong hitting team that can hit from all sides,” said Roen from Whitefish Bay, where the teams were snowed in. “And we were short in the middle position with Morrison not there.”
The outcome wasn’t much better for the junior Muskies although they managed to take one game in the best-of-five match before losing 3-1 (6-15, 10-15 15-10, and 5-15). Roen agreed it was a much better effort.
“Our guys played a good game. It went back and forth, and there were a lot of good digs,” he enthused. “We had a little trouble setting but other than that, we played very good.”
Roen pointed to the play of middle Jamie Algie and setter Kyle Perry as playing particularly strong for the Muskies in the loss.
Both teams return to action with the NorWOSSA playoffs here Nov. 20 (each will play the winner of the Dryden/Kenora semi-final matches).