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Volleyball: Osakis rebuilds for 2022 season

Osakis native Brittney Sadlemyer called her players for the Silverstreaks a diverse group of athletes who can do multiple things on the court. She is excited to see them grow this fall season as she embarks on her first season as head coach.

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Osakis’ Josee Hartshorn, left, and Kiley Kranz put up a block against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Aug. 31, 2021. Both Hartshorn and Kranz are back this fall to help lead the Silverstreaks.
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OSAKIS — The Osakis volleyball program is ready to embark on a new season under first-year head coach Brittney Sadlemyer as the Silverstreaks usher in some new athletes to the varsity level.

Osakis lost six seniors who played key roles from last year’s 12-win team. Kiley Kranz, Josee Hartshorn, Greta Faber, Rachel Moore, and Eva Moore are athletes who return with varsity experience ready to help lead the way.

“I am expecting this team to rally around each other more,” Sadlemyer said. “I want them to have fun every day even if they are not playing their best. I expect them to judge their personal success upon how they helped the team.”

Brittney Sadlemyer returns home to teach and take over the volleyball program in Osakis after being a three-sport standout for the Silverstreaks through her graduation in 2016.

Kiana Kendall, Harley Tulio, Grace Rousslang, Kaelyn Walker, and Kylee LeBrun are some of the new athletes who Sadlemyer expects to have an impact on varsity.

“Some of our strengths are our serving and our ability to place the ball on offense,” Sadlemyer said. “Both are areas we have seen exceptional growth in so far, and are very excited to see that continue.”

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Sadlemyer is taking over the program from former coach Mitch McGuire, who is now coaching the volleyball program at Alexandria Technical and Community College. Sadlemyer graduated from Osakis in 2016 after being a standout three-sport athlete herself.

She wants to see her athletes continue to work on their decision making and how they adjust within each match where necessary.

“We are a diverse crew with many athletes who are able to do multiple aspects of the game,” Sadlemyer said. “I would like to see us utilize these abilities.”

Osakis will play out of Section 6AA this season come tournament time. The section features the defending Class AA state champions in Sauk Centre after the Mainstreeters went 33-1 in 2021.

The Silverstreaks are also playing out of the Prairie Conference again. Browerville-Eagle Valley was the top team in the conference a year ago after the Tigers went 8-0 in league play and 24-3 overall.

2022 OSAKIS VOLLEYBALL ROSTER - Greta Faber, Lexi Ziesmer, Kylee LeBrun, Rachel Moore, Grace Rousslang, Eva Moore, Kiana Kendall, Josee Hartshorn, Kaelyn Walker, Harley Tulio, Lydia McLaughlin, Kiley Kranz

COACHES - Head coach - Brittney Sadlemyer, first season; Assistant coaches - Hanna Lundeen, Lindsey Hinnenkamp

OSAKIS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

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Aug. 26 Albany Tournament, 9 a.m.

Aug. 30 at BBE, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Upsala, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 8 at LPGE, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Sauk Rapids-Rice Tournament, 9 a.m.

Sept. 13 vs Swanville, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs Browerville-EV, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 22 vs Upsala, 7:15 p.m.

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Sept. 27 vs Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 29 vs LPGE, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Holdingford, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Browerville-Eagle Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 10 vs Morris Area, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 11 vs Paynesville Area, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Swanville, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 17 at Pierz, 7:15 p.m.

Oct. 20 Upsala Tournament, 9 a.m.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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