Osakis volleyball sweeps Prairie Conference title match
The Osakis volleyball team used a late rally in the third set to sweep Browerville in the Prairie Conference title match on Monday night.
The Tigers came in as the winners of the South Division at 8-2 with Osakis going 10-0 and winning the North. Both teams are recognized as champions of their respective divisions, but this was an opportunity to gain some bragging rights.
Osakis made sure it got that by winning 25-21, 25-12 and 26-24. The Tigers were one point away from forcing a fourth set before senior Annalise Savageau came to the serving line with her team trailing 24-18. She proceeded to serve eight straight points as Brooke Sorenson put the finishing touches on things with an emphatic kill that put Browerville away 26-24.
"I just thought I had to get it over," Savageau said of those final serves. "It doesn't matter where it went on the court, just an easy serve over, and it worked. It's a lot of fun."
The Silverstreaks used a dominant block to frustrate the Browerville offense, especially in the second set. Sorenson was the catalyst of that with eight blocks to go with the 12 kills she finished with. The Silverstreaks finished with 13 blocks total.
"They read everything," head coach Kirsten Wessel said of her blockers. "They had their hands over, basically penetrating the block over the net. The third game, I think [Browerville] started swinging maybe a little higher on our hands, which hurts a little bit because then we deflect them. But they dominated with their blocks. It was smart, read it quickly. Even the tips they were reading."
Osakis got pruduction from up and down its lineup as four players finished with at least seven kills. Brittney Sadlemyer had nine. Savageau added eight to go along with 18 assists and 14 digs and Mackenzie Staloch had seven kills, 16 assists and 14 digs.
Osakis trailed through the early portion of the first set but found a way to finish. The two teams were tied at 21 apiece before the Silverstreaks rallied off four straight points for the win. That set the tone for the night as they earned their 21st win of the season before welcoming in Long Prairie-Grey Eagle for the Section 6AA-North opener this Friday night.
"I think it's a good start to start off the playoffs," Sorenson said. "Get our confidence better and then just keep moving into the playoffs. I think we have a good chance if we keep playing hard. The teams are harder, but I think we can play with them."