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Junior spikers shake adversity

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Losing their first two matches of the year was like a slap in the face to the Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team.

Then they went and saved face—and a whole lot more.

Fort High captured its second tournament title of the year with a 2-1 triumph over the Hammarskjold Vikings (Thunder Bay) in the final of the Dryden Eagles Invitational on Saturday.

After taking the opening set 25-13, the Muskies fell 25-18 in the second set before taking the third-and-deciding one 15-9.

The Muskies opened play with a 2-1 win over the Kenora Broncos (25-23, 18-25, and 15-9) but then fell 2-1 to the Westgate Tigers (Thunder Bay) by scores of 21-25, 25-14, and 15-9.

Fort High again let a one-set lead evaporate in losing 2-1 to Hammarskjold (15-25, 25-16, and 15-6).

But the Muskies wound up second in their pool with a 2-2 record after sweeping the Queen Elizabeth Warriors (Sioux Lookout) by a 2-0 margin (25-18/25-18).

A quarterfinal match-up with the St. Ignatius Falcons (Thunder Bay) easily went Fort High’s way by a 2-0 count (25-12/25-13).

Then there was suspense galore in the semi-finals against the Churchill Bulldogs (Thunder Bay) before the Muskies prevailed 2-1 (25-20, 20-25, and 15-9) to reach the final.

All four Muskie court teams resume NorWOSSA play tomorrow in Dryden.

Their next home action goes Thursday against Kenora starting at noon.

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