Despite the positive vibes coming from the large gym next door, the Muskie junior and senior boys’ volleyball teams couldn’t feed off the momentum in dropping to 0-4 in NorWOSSA play here Tuesday.
The seniors got off to quick start against visiting Dryden, leading 13-10 midway through the first set. But the Eagles regained the momentum and never gave it back, sweeping the best-of-five match by scores of 25-16, 25-11, and 25-10.
“The first half of the first game we were doing things right, but the rest of the time we weren’t doing any of those things needed to win,” Muskie coach John Gibson said.
“The mental part of the game just isn’t there right now,” he lamented.
The junior Muskies followed the seniors’ performance with a similarly deflated effort, dropping all three sets by scores of 25-13, 25-8, and 25-21.
“We must have missed 40 percent of our serves, and in a close game that will not let you get any momentum at all,” junior coach Duane Roen said.
“The kids are a little disappointed, we played way better up in Kenora [tournament] on the weekend, but as long as they learn from it, we’ll be OK,” he reasoned.
Fort High made it respectable in the third set, winning some points to keep it close and battling the Eagles at the net.
“We didn’t have any [momentum] in that third set but the kids were able to put together a few points to make it closer,” Roen noted. “When they are ready to play more aggressively, I think we will be fine, but until that time we’ll struggle.
With just four returning players for last season’s squad, Roen opted to invest in his youth and put out an all-rookie lineup in the second set that he had used in the Kenora tournament.
“The rookies didn’t win a set on Friday, but took each of the teams they played on Saturday to three sets [best-of-three] and won the last one, so they definitely showed improvement,” Roen said of the weekend tournament.
Both volleyball squads resume NorWOSSA action next Tuesday (Oct. 14) when they host Dryden.