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Silverstreaks stay on top in conference

Wins against Minnewaska and Swanville this week helped the Osakis volleyball team up their conference record to 5-0 this season.

The Silverstreaks beat non-conference opponent Minnewaska in three sets at home on Monday and followed that with a three-set victory in Swanville on Tuesday.

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Head coach Kirsten Wessel said the team has benefited from a deep roster this season.

“I am very happy with the way we are communicating on defense and the enthusiasm we are showing on the floor,” Wessel said. “It’s nice to see how versatile our offense is.”

The Silverstreaks have multiple players who can rack up kills, which helps keep opponents off balance.

“We have many offensive threats and that keeps the other team from focusing on one or two main hitters,” Wessel said.

The Silverstreaks remained in first place in the Prairie Conference North Division with the win over Swanville, ahead of second place Royalton, which has a 4-1 record.



The Silverstreaks started out strong against Swanville and did not look back in a three-set victory.

“We were able to run a good offense,” Wessel said. “Our defense worked hard to dig a lot of their attacks.”

Brooke Sorenson led the Silverstreaks on offense with eight kills. Annalise Savageau picked up a team high 11 digs, and Mackenzie Staloch had 15 assists in the match.



An all-around team effort helped Osakis knock off Minnewaska at home.

The Silverstreaks had multiple players rack up double-digit kills and assists and they also had a team total of 112 digs in the match.

Wessel said the Silverstreaks started out strong against Minnewaska and were continually motivated by their offensive attack.

“Our hustle and communication really kept the girls fired up,” Wessel said. “What also kept them fired up were the solid kills by Annalise Savageau, Brooke Sorenson [and] Brittney Sadlemyer.”

Savageau finished with 11 kills in the match, and Sorenson had 10. Staloch led the team with 18 assists, and Savageau was second with 10.

The Silverstreaks were active on defense, with five players contributing more than 10 digs. Those players included Staloch with 18, Breanna Larson with 18, Brittney Sadlemyer with 15, Sorenson with 15 and Ariel Chalmers with 15.



(25-16, 25-15, 25-10)

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



(25-12, 25-15, 25-19)

OSAKIS STATISTICS – Savageau – 11 kills, 10 assists, 9 digs; Forsell – 4 kills, 3 digs; Sorenson – 10 kills, 15 digs; Staloch – 2 kills, 18 assists, 18 digs, 2 blocks; Larson – 1 kill, 18 digs; Sadlemyer – 6 kills, 1 assist, 15 digs, 1 block; Stroup – 7 digs; Alli Scherr – 7 digs; Chalmers – 15 digs; Boogaard – 2 digs; Spychalla – 3 digs

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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