Roundup: Osakis, Ashby, Minnewaska fall victim to sweeps

Eden Valley-Watkins, Underwood, Melrose make for a tough night for Alexandria area programs.


Eden Valley-Watkins was too much for the Osakis volleyball team on Tuesday night as the Eagles (12-8) swept the Silverstreaks (6-10) after Osakis had recorded a sweep of Upsala the night before.

Hayleigh Niehoff had a team-high nine kills for the Silverstreaks, while Alexis Johanson added seven kills. Greta Faber posted a team-best 17 digs, and Josee Hartshorn dished out 23 assists.


OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 7 kills, 1 block, 8 digs; Greta Faber - 1 kill, 3 assists, 17 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 1 ace, 9 kills, 11 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 1 ace, 4 kills, 23 assists, 5 digs; Kali Schoeck - 1 ace, 1 kill, 16 digs; Kiley Kranz - 5 kills, 1 block, 2 digs; Lexi Froemming - 2 kills, 4 digs; Mackenzie Holmquist - 7 digs; Madison Lipke - 2 kills, 1 block, 1 dig

Underwood sweeps Ashby

Underwood swept Ashby in a Little Eight Conference match on Tuesday by scores of 25-9, 25-5 and 25-15.


“A night to honor our seniors ended up being a tough one on the court where we found ourselves looking for a new rotation when missing players,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “Constantly rearranging is tough to get a flow on the court, but each night and each set there are glimmers of real flow and scrappy play where our movement shows promise. Consistency is what we strive for but also trusting each other in times of pressure.”


ASHBY - Kyra Aamot - 5-5 serving, 1 ace, 4 digs; Catherine Koefod - 4-5 serving, 1 kill, 5 assists, 9 digs; Celi Nelson - 2-3 serving, 1 kill, 8 digs; Kaylee Schlundt - 3-6 serving, 3 kills, 1 dig; Livy Johnson - 5-5 serving, 1 kill, 5 digs; Ryleigh Brendmoen - 5-6 serving, 1 ace, 3 kills, 10 digs; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 1 kill, 3 digs; Alyssa Johnson - 3 digs

Melrose downs Lakers

Melrose (8-8) won a West Central Conference match against Minnewaska in four sets on Tuesday.

The Lakers (2-11) took the third set 27-25, but the Dutchmen won 25-14, 25-19 and 25-22 in the first, second and fourth sets. Dreya Barsness had 11 kills for Minnewaska.


MINNEWASKA - Haley Shea - 2 kills, 28 assists, 8 digs, 1 block; Dreya Barness - 11 kills, 5 aces, 12 digs; Addy Kath - 4 kills, 1 dig, 2 blocks; Miaya Guggisberg - 3 kills, 3 blocks; Avery Fier - 6 kills, 24 digs, 1 block; Brooklyn Larson - 9 kills, 11 digs, 4 blocks; Brooklyn Meyer - 2 digs; Grace Zenk - 1 assist, 2 digs

Chargers sweep Battlers

Brandon-Evansville (7-5) swept Battle Lake (4-10) by scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-18 on Tuesday.


"We knew going into Battle Lake that they were a team that runs through Grace VanErp," B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. "She does a lot of great things for that team, and we needed to make sure we did a better job tracking her movements so we could hopefully slow her down a bit. I know we could not stop her. She is too good, but if we slowed her down we felt we could win the match. She had 6 kills that first set and only 2 each of the next two sets. The fact we kept her from dominating the match, like she did in our first matchup, was the difference in the end."

The Chargers needed five sets to beat Battle Lake on Sept. 7, but things went much quicker in the rematch. Kylee Dingwall had a team-high 11 kills. Olivia Otto added 8 kills, while Gretchen Bredberg finished with 6.

"We were good with the ball most of the time and when we were in system we looked good," Olson said. "We hit .175 as a team and sided Battle Lake out at almost 58% of the time. We limited their runs pretty well and forced them out of system more often than not in those last two sets. All 10 players available tonight played an important role for us.

"I thought Taylor Yeats and Olivia Otto did a great job defensively for us with 18 and 10 digs, respectively. We still need to do a better job communicating and working as a unit, but we had a good blocking scheme and our defenders found the ball off those blocks. We have some things to focus on offensively and choices, but overall it was a nice win."

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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