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Senior spikers second at tourney

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The Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team finished second at a tournament hosted by St. Patrick’s (Thunder Bay) over the weekend.

The black-and-gold battled a familiar opponent in the final, with predictable results.

The NorWOSSA-leading Dryden Eagles continued their mastery of the Muskies by sweeping the best-of-three final by scores of 25-16 and 25-15.

Despite the loss to the Eagles, the St. Patrick’s tournament should provide a much-needed confidence boost for a squad that had lost four-straight league games prior to hosting the Kenora Broncos yesterday.

The Muskies played a gruelling five-match round-robin on Friday to open the tournament.

Fort High defeated the host Saints (25-20, 25-23), Nip-Rock Lakers (25-12, 25-13), and Hillcrest Colts (26-24, 25-16) before splitting with the Hammarskjold Vikings (25-19, 19-25) and losing to those same Eagles in straight sets.

The Muskies wound up in second place after the round-robin courtesy of their 3-1-1 record, setting up a quarter-final showdown against the Churchill Trojans.

After dominating the first set 25-11 victory, Fort High rallied for a 25-23 win to sweep the match.

Then facing the Westgate Tigers in the semi-finals, the Muskies found themselves in a hole after losing the opening set 25-22.

But the black-and-gold rallied to win the next two by scores of 25-22 and 15-9 to earn a berth in the final.

Afterwards, Emily Haggberg and Corey Chowhan were named to the tournament all-star team courtesy of their strong play throughout the two-day showdown.

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