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Osakis volleyball season ends against Melrose

Osakis seniors Annalise Savageau (left) and Brooke Sorenson team up for a block attempt during the 6AA-North semifinals match against Melrose on Tuesday night. The two combined for 21 kills. (Blaze Fugina/Osakis Review)

The Osakis volleyball team saw its season come to a close Tuesday night after a five-set battle with Melrose in the second round of the Section 6AA tournament.

The Silverstreaks seemed to be in command of the match, up 2-1 and with a substantial lead in the fourth set. But Melrose fought back, eventually winning the set 25-23 before winning the decisive fifth set 15-10.

Head coach Kirsten Wessel said Melrose had one player serving in the fourth set during the comeback where the Silverstreaks could not pick up a key point to side-out.

“Not that we gave up, because we didn’t, but we might have let up a little bit,” Wessel said.

Without their offense passing at a high level, Wessel said it was tough for the Silverstreaks to keep up with Melrose’s top hitter Briana Schmiesing and setter Emily Goerdt. But she was happy with the way they came out and battled a larger school with some heavy hitters.

“I was just really proud of them for coming out strong and hitting strong, and not being intimidated by [Melrose],” Wessel said.

Senior middle hitter Brooke Sorenson led the Silverstreaks with 15 kills on the night, and senior setter Annalise Savageau led with 19 assists.

Osakis played well on defense against Melrose, picking up a total of 123 digs. Abby Stroup led with 22 digs, followed by Sorenson with 21, Breanna Larson with 19 and Alli Scherr with 16.

After the match, Savageau said she felt the team played well except late in the fourth set and into the fifth.

“We played really well until the last game,” Savageau said. “We started off a little rough, but we played well at the end. Then it just wasn’t enough.”

Sorenson agreed that they made some mistakes in the fourth set that contributed to the Melrose comeback. She also noted that Melrose made some key plays at the end of the match when it counted.

“I think we just made some little mistakes and they picked up their game, too,” Sorenson said.

The Silverstreaks finished their season with a 22-7 overall record.


(24-26, 17-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10)

OSAKIS – Annalise Savageau – 6 kills, 19 assists, 1 ace, 11 digs, 1 block; Madi Forsell – 7 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks; Brooke Sorenson – 15 kills, 1 ace, 21 digs, 5 blocks; Mackenzie Staloch – 4 kills, 18 assists, 2 aces, 11 digs; Breanna Larson – 2 assists, 19 digs; Brittney Sadlemyer – 9 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig; 1 block; Abby Stroup – 22 digs; Alli Scherr – 2 aces, 16 digs; Ariel Chalmers – 2 digs; Taylor Spychalla – 12 digs, 1 block

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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