Fresh off a solid second-place finish at a tournament in Atikokan over the weekend, the Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team continued its winning ways yesterday afternoon with a victory over the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action here.
The Muskies had little trouble beating the Eagles, decimated by the loss of several players, 3-1 in their best-of-five showdown.
The Muskies dumped Dryden 25-13 in the first game, scoring eight of the first nine points all off the serve of Evan Woodland, then crushed the visitors 25-7 in the second one.
The Eagles staved off elimination with a 25-17 win in the third game. But the Muskies quickly regained their composure and iced the victory with a 25-21 win in the next one.
The key in the clincher was the powerful jump serve of John Sivonen, which handcuffed the Eagles. Of the eight straight points he scored (turning a close 9-7 game into a 17-7 rout), four came on aces just inside the line.
“He’s always had [the serve],” Muskie head coach Adrian Chapman said. “He has to learn to use it when you play a team like this. We gave him a chance to use it.”
Chapman felt the team seemed to pick up its intensity when Sivonen went on his run. “When he started to get six or seven in a row, the guys started to get hyped,” he noted.
It was a different story in junior action yesterday as the Muskies dropped three straight to visiting Dryden by scores of 25-20, 25-16, and 25-22.
The Eagles never trailed in the match. They took a 7-3 lead in the first game, which they stretched to 18-14 before scoring seven of the final 10 points.
The Muskies played a bit better in the second game, finding themselves tied with Dryden at 10-10, until the Eagles reeled off nine straight points to put it out of reach.
In the third game, the score was tied 17-17 at one point but once again the Muskies couldn’t score key points, getting outscored 8-5 down the stretch.
Both volleyball teams return to NorWOSSA action tomorrow when they travel to Kenora to take on the Broncos.