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Senior spikers bounced at Atikokan tournament

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The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team came home with a 1-7 record from a 10-team men’s tournament in Atikokan last weekend but head coach Toby Munro called it their “best volleyball of the year.”

Playing against many top university-aged players and older from the area, the Muskies were the lone high school team to beat a men’s team there.

Seven men’s team participated against three high school teams.

“The guys really played well and did everything better,” Munro enthused. “Jason Jones had another good game for us as did Jeff Morrison.”

He stressed the team put out a much better effort than the one last Thursday when the Muskies lost 3-2 to Thomas Aquinas in regular-season action up there.

Despite playing poorly at times, the squad almost pulled off a major comeback in the fifth game, rallying from a 13-4 deficit to pull within 13-12 before finally losing.

Meanwhile, the Muskie junior boys lost their best-of-five match 3-1 against Thomas Aquinas by scores of 6-15, 15-11, 9-15, and 14-16.

And the juniors continued to struggle over the weekend, winning just one of four games at a tournament in Kenora.

The Muskies beat Grassy Narrows 3-0 but lost to Thomas Aquinas (0-3) Beaver Brae (0-2), and Whitefish Bay (0-3).

Junior coach Duane Roen said his team had trouble receiving serves all weekend, and will have to work on their passing game before their next match tomorrow in Rainy River.

“We have to start making better passes for our setter but [the tournament] was a good experience for us,” he noted.

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