Area volleyball: Osakis, Parkers Prairie, Brandon-Evansville win
Behind a solid hitting night, the Silverstreak volleyball team defeated Royalton in four sets last Thursday 25-14, 25-21, 24-26, 25-14 to improve to 6-3 in Prairie Conference volleyball action.
"Our passing improved from Tuesday night," said head coach Kirsten Wessel. "Our hitting has been pretty dominant and I am looking forward to the improvements that we keep making.
"Other than this match, our serving has really improved as well. We are really looking like we will be ready for playoffs."
Dani Chisholm was a well-rounded player throughout the match as she was a perfect 22 for 22 at the service line with two ace serves, then added a set assist, four kills, three blocks and 10 digs.
Five other players also recorded kills for the Silverstreaks, including a team-leading seven by both Becka and Calista Sadlemyer.
Mariah Backes led the setters with 12 assists, followed closely by Annalise Savageau with 10. C. Sadlemyer had 12 digs, with Backes and Tayler Waldvogel having 11 digs each.
Osakis moved to 12-12 overall and 6-3 in Prairie Conference standings. The Silverstreaks were to have hosted Minnewaska Monday night and West Central Area Tuesday night.
Playoff action is scheduled to begin next week.
OSAKIS 25 25 24 25
ROYALTON 14 21 26 14
SERVING - Mariah Backes 5-8-2, Dani Chisholm 22-22-2, Rachelle Rajdl 2-2-1, Cali Sadlemyer 14-16-4, Annalise Savageau 12-14-1, Katie Thielen 10-12-1, Tayler Waldvogel 16-16-1. SET ASSISTS - Backes 12, Chisholm 1, Savageau 10, Mackenzie Staloch 1. KILLS - Backes 3, Chisholm 4, Becka Sadlemyer 7, C. Sadlemyer 7, Savageau 5, Brooke Sorenson 6. DIGS - Backes 11, Chisholm 10, B. Sadlemyer 2, C. Sadlemyer 14, Savageau 12, Sorenson 1, Staloch 4, Thielen 7, Waldvogel 11. BLOCKS - Chisholm 3, C. Sadlemyer 5, Sorenson 4.
MELROSE 3, WASKA 2
Minnewaska jumped to a quick 2-0 lead against Melrose Thursday night, but was unable to sustain the offensive output, falling in the final three sets to drop to 2-7 in West Central North Conference volleyball action.
The Lakers won the first two 25-20, 25-23 before falling 25-20, 25-18 and 15-9.
Ashton Byrne had 33 set assists for the Lakers, with Lindsay Braaten adding 15. Byrne also had 15 digs and four ace hits, while Brooke Winter had 19 digs.
Kaylee Jacob led the hitting attack with 17 kills, while Lexi Amundson contributed 15. Jacobs also had three ace serves, while JoElle Johnsrud had two ace blocks.
MELROSE 20 23 25 25 15
MINNEWASKA 25 25 20 18 9
SERVING - Ashton Byrne 18-19-2, Brooke Winter 13-13-0, Veronica Weisel 2-2-0, Lindsay Braaten 10-12-2, Sydney Joos 8-10-2, Kaylee Jacobs 14-16-3, Lexi Amundson 15-16-1, Alison Hoeper 1-1-0. SETTING - Byrne 96-96-33, Braaten 38-38-15, Jacobs 2-2-0, Amundson 2-2-0, JoElle Johnsrud 1-1-1, Alexis Guggisberg 5-5-0. HITTING - Byrne 14-14-4, Joos 22-24-9, Jacobs 31-40-17, Amundson 34-38-15, Johnsrud 8-9-5, Guggisberg 8-9-4. ACE BLOCKS - Jacobs 1, Johnsrud 2. DIGS - Byrne 15, Winter 19, Braaten 9, Joos 13, Jacobs 11, Amundson 13, Johnsrud 1, Guggisberg 3.
NLS 3, WASKA 2
After dropping the first two sets of their match against New London-Spicer Tuesday, the Laker girls' volleyball team rallied back to push the Wildcats to five sets before falling.
Minnewaska lost the first two sets 25-17 and 26-24, but came back for wins of 25-19 and 25-22 before New London-Spicer took the swing set 15-12.
Laker Lexi Amundson led all hitters as she knocked down 15 kills, with teammate Kaylee Jacobs adding nine.
Ashton Byrne had eight ace serves and 24 set assists to keep the Lakers in the match.
NL-SPICER 25 26 19 22 15
MINNEWASKA 17 24 25 25 12
SERVING - Ashton Byrne 23-25-8, Brooke Winter 15-18-2, Lindsay Braaten 12-13-1, Syndey Joos 8-8-0, Kaylee Jacobs 11-13-1, Lexi Amundson 13-15-1, Alison Hoeper 1-1-0. SETTING - Byrne 71-72-24, Braaten 34-34-7, Joos 1-1-0, Amundson 1-1-0, JoElle Johnsrud 2-2-1, Alexis Guggisberg 5-5-2. HITTING - Byrne 12-14-3, Winter 1-1-0, Braaten 2-2-1, Joos 18-21-7, Jacobs 22-25-9, Amundson 25-29-15, Johnsrud 14-15-3, Guggisber 5-6-3, Hoeper 2-2-0. ACE BLOCKS - Byrne 1, Joos 1, Jacobs 2, Johnsrud 2, Guggisberg. DIGS - Byrne 12, Winter 12, Joos 17, Jacobs 10, Amundson 15, Johnsrud 1, Guggisberg 2, Hoeper 6.
PARKERS 3, ASHBY 0
The Ashby volleyball team ran into a strong Parkers Prairie team in the regular-season finale as the Panthers handed the Arrows a 3-0 loss on Tuesday.
Parkers Prairie won 25-15 and 25-16 in the first two sets before having to hold off the Arrows 25-23 in the third.
"The Panthers are an impressive team," Ashby head coach Brenda Johnson said, "but we played well together and left it all on the court tonight. During the last set, we were down but not out. We had a great comeback and had them on their heels."
The Panthers and Arrows were tied at 21 apiece when Ashby's Alexis Ness went down with a rolled ankle during a volley. She was helped off the court as her teammates tried to extend the set without her. They were almost able to but came up just short.
It was the last regular season game for Arrows' seniors Ashley Ness and Kami Bogenrief.
"They did a great job of leading our young team this year," Johnson said. "They said that their main goal was to make our young team better, which is exactly what they did. We are going to miss them but have so enjoyed having their leadership."
The win for the Panthers moved them to 21-6 after the regular season, while Ashby fell to 7-18-1.
PARKERS PRAIRIE 25 25 25
ASHBY 15 16 23
ASHBY - Serving - 54/56, 25 points; Abbie Ras - 13/13, 7 points; Kills - Paige Nelson, Alexis Ness - 5 kills; Ashley Ness, Meg Roley - 8 kills; Amber Sundal, Madison VanSanten - 12 assists
PARKERS PRAIRIE - Not available
B-E 3, HILLCREST 0
The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team handled Hillcrest with ease last Thursday night in three straight sets.
The Chargers won 25-7 in the first and 25-11 in the second. They went on to close out the Comets 25-17 as Brandon-Evansville won its ninth match of the season.
"All the girls on the team got to get in and play against Hillcrest," head coach Gary Ekdahl said. "It was a good time to see what B-team players can do at the varsity level."
CHARGERS 25 25 25
HILLCREST 7 11 17
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Serving - 64/68, 14 aces; Hitting - 52/61, 21 aces; Serve receive - 15/16; Digs - 58/69; Blocks - 3-7; Setting - 42/45
LPGE 3, WCA 0
The West Central Area volleyball team dropped a three-set match to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle last Thursday night.
The Thunder took control from the beginning, winning 25-12, 25-11, 25-19.
"Tonight we were plagued with the same things that have been hurting us all season," Knights' head coach Beth Hanson said. "Not enough talking, not going after every ball and too many errors. These are things that are entirely in the girls' control."
Jen Froemming led the Knights on both sides of the ball with seven kills and six digs. Tiana Christnson and Alysa Aanerud were not far behind with five and four kills, respectively.
LPGE 25 25 25
WCA 12 11 19
WCA - Froemming - 7 kills, 6 digs; Christenson - 5 kills, 4 digs; Aanerud - 4 kills; Hilary Lindor - 3 kills, 4 digs; Holly VanKempen - 3 kills; Christina Kruize - 3 kills; Caitlyn Hayward - 4 digs; Mariah Hennen - 8 digs
HANCOCK 3, PARKERS 1
The Hancock volleyball team outlasted Parkers Prairie in four sets on Monday night as the Owls won their 20th straight match in four sets.
Hancock's Kendra Schmidgall was dominant again as she finished with 34 kills. Shae Brown set her up all night with 45 assists. That duo led the Owls to a 25-13 win in the first set before Parkers Prairie answered with its lone win in a 25-18 second set. The Owls had to fight off the Panthers the rest of the way but edged them out 26-24 and 25-22 to secure the match.
The win moved Hancock to 26-1 overall and dropped Parkers Prairie to 20-6. Parkers Prairie statistics were not available.
HANCOCK 3, B-E 0
A talented Hancock volleyball team handed Brandon-Evansville a 3-0 loss in the regular-season finale on Tuesday night.
The Owls (26-1-1) haven't lost since September 10 in the championship match at the University of Minnesota-Morris Tournament. They are playing solid volleyball at the right time as they beat the Chargers 25-14, 25-21, 25-20.
"Our game percentage was not at the level we needed to win," Brandon-Evansville head coach Gary Ekdahl said, "but we played some of our best volleyball last night and all the girls worked hard on each and every point."
Hancock used 21 unforced errors by the Chargers to their advantage. In turn, the Owls committed just six. Brandon-Evansville will head into the Section 6A tournament after finishing with a 5-5 record and in fourth place in the Little Eight Conference.
HANCOCK 25 25 25
CHARGERS 14 21 20
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Serving - 46/53, 4 aces; Hitting - 51/66, 14 aces; Serve receive - 36/66, 82 percent; Digs - 70/94, 74 percent; Blocks - 24/30, 74 percent; Sets - 48/49, 16 aces, 98 percent; Game total - 83 percent