Fresh off a third-place finish at a Kenora tournament last weekend, the Muskies senior girls’ volleyball team went into yesterday’s match against Kenora here on a high.
But after the dust settled, the team had reached a season low.
The Broncos dominated the Muskies in three-straight games, running away with three points by lopsided scores of 15-1, 15-8 and 15-1.
It was the third-straight match the black-and-gold were swept this season, leaving the team in last place with zero points out of a possible nine.
It was a loss that left the coaches bewildered.
“There minds just weren’t in the game," said co-coach Carolyn Spencer. "It’s a mental thing and [it’s disappointing], especially after coming off such a high from the tournament.”
The Muskies looked to be in disarray right from the opening serve and never did get on track. But they did make it somewhat close in the second game, fighting back from an 11-2 deficit to pull to within 14-8.
Looking for a positive spin from the blowout, Spencer did acknowledge the serving of Lynn Pollard as being the lone bright spot for the Muskies.
But the team won’t have much time to think about yesterday’s debacle as they prepare to host the first-place Dryden Eagles tomorrow afternoon.
Meanwhile, the junior Muskies continued their fine play so far this season, taking two out of three games against the visiting Broncos. After losing the first game 15-11, the Muskies stormed back to win the final two 15-12 and 15-5.
The junior spikers now lead NorWOSSA with six points out of a possible nine.
“We didn’t play as well as we should have," said head coach Struchan Gilson. "[But] I’m happy we took two out of three games.”
Gilson said he continues to be pleased with the play of his six starters—particularly Siobhan Devlin and Amy Wilson.
“Amy was a one-man team out there in the first game or we could have lost 15-3, and Siobhan had another good game blocking and hitting for us,” he noted.
Gilson also praised Branda Avis, Tammy Johnson, and Marsha Walsh as playing well.