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Volleyball: Streaks win conference game against Upsala

Cynthia Van Acker tips it against Upsala in a conference match. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)1 / 4
Harlie Falzone and Morgan Faber celebrate a good play against Upsala. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press) 2 / 4
Bobbi Jo Alverson spikes it against Upsala. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press) 3 / 4
Coach Kirsten Wessel high fives senior setter Morgan Faber in between plays. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press) 4 / 4

The Osakis volleyball team beat the Upsala Cardinals 3-1 in a Prairie Conference matchup while the Silverstreaks' fans chanted, "Whose house? Our House!" on Tuesday night.

But it wasn't a straight win for the Streaks.

In sets one and two, the Streaks took an early lead and held it, winning 25-18 and 25-19. But the Cardinals pushed harder in the third and the Streaks trailed by one or two points until they ultimately surrendered the set 27-25 to the Cards.

"I feel like a lot of our energy went down. We kind of stopped talking," senior libero Harlie Falzone said about their third set loss. "I feel like we more just thought we had it in the bag. But set three proved we didn't."

Despite losing the third set, the Silverstreaks took an early lead in the fourth set and carried it home for a victory, 25-16.

"We came into the game knowing we had the same conference record as them," senior setter Morgan Faber said. "We knew we had to push ourselves to come out with the win."

Both teams had a 3-1 conference record coming into the game tonight.

"In the past I think that we've taken them lightly," Osakis coach Kirsten Wessel said. "But seeing that they were 3-1 also, it told the girls they've beaten some of the same teams we've beaten, lost to some of the same teams we've lost to. I think it got them focused and ready to go."

Defensively, Osakis took care of the ball and did a nice job of getting the ball to the setter, coach Wessel said. The Streaks had 95 digs throughout the four sets. Faber led with 22 of those, followed by Falzone with 19.

"Wessel said we needed to go in and act like this was our last conference game," Falzone said. "She said to act like we were fighting for the conference championship."

The Streaks had nine aces in the match. Defensive specialist Emma Johnson led the serves with four of those aces and a 93.3 percent average. Middle hitter Cynthia VanAcker led at the net with eight of the team's 29 total kills.

"I think this will just help keep us rolling and ready to go," Wessel said. "This win built up more confidence."

Faber said they're hoping for another win when the Silverstreaks head to Long Prairie for another conference game against LPGE Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

OSAKIS 3, UPSALA 1

(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-16)

OSAKIS TOTALS - Bobbi Jo Alverson - 1 ace, 5 kills, 1 assist, 5 digs; Bree Timmerman - 1 kill, 1 assist, 6 digs; Cynthia VanAcker - 8 kills, 4 blocks, 1 dig; Ellie Clasemann - 2 kills, 5 assists, 4 digs; Emma Johnson - 4 aces, 1 assist, 15 digs; Harlie Falzone - 19 digs; Jacey Larson - 1 kill; Maddie Johanson - 6 kills, 1 block, 1 assist; Megan Peikert - 11 digs; Morgan Faber - 2 aces, 2 kills, 9 assists, 22 digs; Samantha Bray - 1 block; Tianna Stanek - 2 aces, 4 kills, 12 digs

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