It was an admittedly tough day for both the Muskie senior and junior boys' volleyball teams last Thursday in Dryden.
Both squads lost their matches against the host Eagles and will be aiming to regroup as quickly as possible before the NorWOSSA playoffs set for next Tuesday (Nov. 6) at Fort High.
The seniors lost in straight sets to Dryden by scores of 21-25, 14-25, and 24-26 to see their league record fall to 2-5.
“It was tough to watch . . . they did not play well,” Muskie head coach John Gibson said about his players.
“We need to anticipate the ball better so we are ready to react and make a good pass to our setters,” he noted.
Gibson believed if his squad could come out strong and maintain their intensity, they would be in good shape to rebound against the Kenora Broncos here yesterday in their regular-season finale (the outcome wasn't known as of press time).
He also is confident in his team heading into the playoffs, where they'll have to face the Eagles (3-4) in the semi-final to earn a shot at the league-leading Broncos (5-1).
“We've beaten both NorWOSSA opponents in the regular season and in tournaments,” Gibson noted.
“We know we can win but we need to focus on playing one point at a time,” he stressed.
As for the juniors, they saw their league record fall to 4-3 with a 3-1 loss to Dryden on Thursday.
After dropping the first set 21-25, Fort High fought back to take the second one 25-20.
But the Eagles (4-3) flexed their muscles and took the next two sets by scores of 25-111 and 25-23 to pull out the victory.
“Our first line struggled [but] our second line played very well," said Muskie head coach Terry "Goose” McMahon.
“Dryden did a good job of keeping the ball in play and letting us make the mistakes.”
The juniors also were slated to host the Broncos (2-4) yesterday in their regular-season finale, with the outcome not known as of press time.
McMahon believed limiting errors would be key for his squad to rebound yesterday and to have success next week in the playoffs.
“The biggest keys [to success] will be limiting our errors and making smart decisions,” he remarked.
“Our approach will the same as always—play aggressive, get to our spots, and do our jobs.”