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Brooke Sorenson went up for one of her 12 kills against Eden Valley-Watkins. (Echo Press photo by Blaze Fugina)

Osakis fine-tunes its game

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The Osakis volleyball team made quick work of Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday, winning a three-set match at home in just over one hour.

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The victory came a day after the Silverstreaks lost a four-set match to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, which beat them in the second round of the Section 5A volleyball tournament last season.

On Tuesday, Brooke Sorenson led Osakis with 12 kills. Annalise Savageau led the team with 11 assists, and both she and Breanna Larson led the defense with 15 digs each.

Head coach Kirsten Wessel said the team’s passing game was much improved on Tuesday against Eden Valley-Watkins.

“We did move better and stayed more focused on our passing, which obviously helped our offense,” Wessel said.

A night earlier against BBE, the Silverstreaks had struggled with the passing game.

“Our passing was a lot better and we were able to actually set the ball and get some hits,” Savageau said. “On Monday night, we didn’t really have that chance and they were just hitting at us, and we had to play defense most of the night.”

This season, the Silverstreaks will play larger schools in the Section 6AA tournament. The Silverstreaks hope to work on their passing game and staying aggressive on defense between now and the end of the regular season schedule. Wessel said the Silverstreaks will also need to connect on a higher number of serves to be successful against their section opponents.

“We missed a lot of serves (against BBE), and I think that’s one thing we can control,” she said. “They can’t take that away from us. So we definitely need to control the number of missed serves we have.”

The Silverstreaks were able to use most of their lineup during the three-set victory on Tuesday night. Wessel said Sorenson has really helped the Silverstreaks down the stretch of the regular season schedule.

“Last night, in game three (against BBE), she really just turned it on and turned it up a notch,” said Wessel. “She’s been doing that all season, and I think tonight she played her game the whole night and that was fun to see.”

Savageau is another player that Wessel said has played well this season. She has been working hard on defense and is often near the top in digs for Osakis.

“You just see her running around, diving, digging up balls that you think are going to be down on the floor,” Wessel said. “That’s one person who’s just always stayed aggressive on defense all season long.”

BBE 3, OSAKIS 1

The Silverstreaks were unable to get revenge for last season’s second-round section playoff loss against BBE, losing in four sets on the road Monday.

The Silverstreaks’ 2012 season ended in the second round of the Section 5A tournament with a five-set loss to BBE. On Monday, BBE was able to take the rematch in a four set victory.

Sorenson led the Silverstreaks with 10 kills in the match. Savageau had 14 assists and Larson led the team with 22 digs.

MATCH STATISTICS

OSAKIS 3, EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS 0

(25-4, 25-14, 25-14)

OSAKIS – Annalise Savageau – 4 kills, 11 assists, 6 aces, 15 digs; Madi Forsell – 6 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Brooke Sorenson – 12 kills, 1 assist, 7 digs, 2 blocks; Mackenzie Staloch – 1 kill, 8 assists, 10 digs, 2 blocks; Breanna Larson – 1 assist, 15 digs; Brittney Sadlemyer – 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 5 digs, 2 blocks; Abby Stroup – 6 digs; Allison Scherr – 6 digs; Ariel Chalmers – 4 digs; Kayla Sorenson – 4 kills, 1 dig; Taylor Spychalla – 1 kill, 2 digs

BBE 3, OSAKIS 1

(25-16, 25-11, 26-28,

25-20)

OSAKIS – Savageau – 2 kills, 14 assists, 1 ace, 9 digs; Forsell – 3 kills, 1 dig; Sorenson – 10 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 16 digs, 2 blocks; Staloch – 9 assists, 1 ace, 8 digs, 1 block; Larson – 22 digs; Sadlemyer – 8 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs, 3 blocks; Stroup – 2 digs; Scherr – 8 digs; Chalmers – 1 assist, 6 digs; Johanna Boogaard – 1 kill, 1 dig; Spychalla – 3 kills, 10 digs

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