Both matches went to the fifth and deciding game here last Thursday afternoon but unfortunately for the Muskies, the end result was not the same.
The senior boys’ volleyball team pulled out an exciting 3-2 win over the visiting Atikokan Voyageurs, icing the seesaw battle with a 15-11 win in the fifth game.
“It was the most amazing game I have ever seen in high school sports,” enthused head coach Adrian Chapman, who said all his players did a good job.
“Ben deGroot did great on defence, he saved us time and time again. [And] Evan Woodland was hitting the ball so hard I could hardly contain myself,” laughed Chapman.
“John Sivonen did an amazing job. He is an amazing setter,” he added.
The black-and-gold got things started on the wrong foot, dropping the first game 25-22, but then they rebounded by winning the next two 25-19 and 28-26.
The Voyageurs staved off elimination by taking the fourth game 25-22 but the black-and-gold came back and won the fifth and deciding game 15-11 to seal the match.
Chapman noted Atikokan’s starting lineup featured six players from the northwest regional team.
“We did really well. I got more and more excited by the end of the game. I could hardly walk but that is why I coach,” he remarked, adding it was the team’s first win of the season.
Meanwhile, the junior boys’ volleyball team took Atikokan to a fifth and deciding game before falling 3-2 in their best-of-five showdown.
“They played a very solid game and they had the match but it slipped away,” recalled Chapman, who’s also head coach of the junior squad.
To the Muskies’ credit, the team overcame a 2-0 deficit to send the match the distance. After losing the first two games 25-20 and 25-13, the juniors fought back to take the next two 25-13 and 25-23.
But the comeback fell short in the fifth game, with the black-and-gold falling 15-13.
“I was proud of the juniors—they all stepped up and did well,” Chapman noted.