Court teams split openers
It was a mixed bag of results for the four Muskie court teams here Tuesday afternoon as they opened another NorWOSSA season.
The senior boys’ volleyball contest started off on a winning note—sweeping the Dryden Eagles in three-straight sets (25-18, 25-21, and 25-22).
“We haven’t beat Dryden in years, probably, and we just beat them in three-straight,” she added.
But the junior boys’ spikers dropped their season-opener, falling in four sets to the visiting Eagles (20-25, 20-25, 25-10, and 20-25).
“I’m a little disappointed in the outcome of the game,” admitted coach John Gibson.
“There were a lot of mental lapses that I was hoping we would be passed by now,” he remarked.
“But on a positive note, there were a lot of things that was worked on at practice that were seen in the game today [Tuesday].
“The court movement is a lot better, the kids are getting more comfortable in their positions, and there were some fantastic plays,” Gibson added.
In girls’ basketball action, meanwhile, the junior Muskies picked up right where they left off from last year’s title-winning campaign, edging Dryden 46-43.
“I think that the girls had a good start to the season,” coach Alyssa Holliday said afterwards.
“I can see where we need to work on different aspects of our game, but overall I think that they’re excited that they’re out there and that they are finally getting to play in our season,” she added.
The most dramatic game of the day involved the Muskie senior girls, who lost a narrow 49-48 thriller to the Eagles, which was won by a three-pointer buzzer-beater from Dryden’s Morgan Church.
“The team played well overall but we just gave up that three-pointer right at the end, so that was disappointing,” said coach Mike Kruger.
“The girls were strong defensively and they were also able to put up a lot of points on offence, with Sarah Bagacki scoring 16 points and Adriane Gurski getting 10,” he noted.
All four Muskie teams were back in action this afternoon in Kenora.
Their next home action is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 10 versus those same Broncos.