They needed four games but the Muskie senior girls got the job done here last Thursday, beating the Kenora Broncos 3-1 to remain undefeated in the early going of the NorWOSSA volleyball season.
“We started flat but halfway through the first game, we were back to ourselves,” head coach Adrian Chapman remarked, adding the Broncos’ defence was a lot better than the team thought given Kenora didn’t have a lot of height.
“The balls just wouldn’t touch the floor on their side and that surprised us,” he admitted.
Chapman said nearly 65 percent of the black-and-gold’s attack was through the middle. He also was quick to applaud the efforts of his team but stressed Siobhan Devlin was a highlight.
“She had huge blocks, her attack was on—I have never seen her block so well,” he enthused. “Other people played well, too. I played the bench in the third and fourth [games].”
The Muskies won the opening game in a squeaker, 28-26, then drubbed the visiting Broncos 25-9 in the second one. But after Kenora fought back to win the third game 25-22, the Muskies iced the best-of-five match with a 25-18 victory.
“It was a fun game. I am sure we could have played better,” noted Chapman. “Dryden and Kenora have some talent but not as much talent as us.
“Hopefully they will improve because we have,” he added.
In the meantime, Chapman said his team has its sights firmly set on NWOSSAA and the all-Ontarios.
“From what I am seeing, the competition isn’t there,” he said. “We keep getting better and better and if these other teams don’t do something drastic, they won’t come close.”