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Volleyball: Streaks drop 3-0 match to Paynesville

The Osakis volleyball team ran into another good team on Thursday in its home opener as a now 6-1 Paynesville program handed the Silverstreaks a 3-0 loss.

The Bulldogs won 25-19 in the first set. They had to hold off Osakis in the second and third, winning 25-22 and 25-23 to put things away.

"We made some big improvements from Tuesday with our blocking and making smart decisions on our hitting," Osakis head coach Kirsten Wessel said. "We just need to continue to make those improvements."

The Silverstreaks had 26 kills against Paynesville. Tianna Stanek led the way with seven of those to go along with a team-leading 16 digs. Bobbi Jo Alverson added six kills, while Maddie Johanson chipped in five.

"Bobbi Jo and Tianna's hitting really came around tonight," Wessel said. "Maddie had some nice kills, also. Bobbi Jo, Cindy (VanAcker), Sam (Bray) and Maddie got some solid blocks."

Serving is also an area that Wessel sees potential with this group. Osakis had seven aces in the match, including four from Emma Johnson.

"We are a fairly aggressive serving team, but we need to minimize a few of our missed serves," Wessel said. "We have tallied quite a few service aces, so that's a testament to our strong serving."

Wessel also said Osakis' defense finished strong against the Bulldogs but that it took a couple of sets to get going.

"I'm looking forward to our first conference matchup on Tuesday with LPGE," she said.

Osakis welcomes in Long Prairie-Grey Eagle for that Prairie Conference match at 7:30 p.m. before going to Royalton on Thursday at the same time.

PAYNESVILLE 3, OSAKIS 0

(25-19, 25-22, 25-23)

OSAKIS - Bobbi Jo Alverson - 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Bree Timmerman - 1 kill, 3 blocks, 4 digs; Cindy VanAcker - 3 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs; Ellie Clasemann - 2 assists, 2 digs; Emma Johnson - 4 aces, 1 kill, 14 digs; Harlie Falzone - 9 digs; Maddie Johanson - 5 kills, 2 digs; Megan Peikert - 8 digs; Morgan Faber - 3 kills, 1 block, 17 assists, 8 digs; Sam Bray - 4 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Tianna Stanek - 2 aces, 7 kills, 1 block, 16 digs

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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