Senior night was one the Osakis volleyball team wishes it could have back on Monday night.
The Holdingford Huskers (7-10) dominated the Silverstreaks (6-12) by taking an approach on offense that Osakis wasn’t accustomed to seeing.
“They tipped a lot at us,” senior Abby Breiter said. “We normally play against hard hitters, so we are always back. I think the tipping really got us. We just had an off night.”
The Huskers went on several big runs to pull away from the Silverstreaks. After Holdingford took the first set 25-14, Osakis saw one of its only leads slip away midway through set two.
Holdingford trailed 10-6 before going on a five-point run. The Huskers took control of the set 19-13, forcing Osakis head coach Mitch Mcguire to call a timeout.
“We need not just one person to step up but all of us to be all-in on every point,” McGuire said. “We need to play more selflessly. We need to move as a team.”
The Silverstreaks dropped the second set 25-17 and found their backs against the wall.
After a back-and-forth battle in the third set, Holdingford hitters Danielle Lyon and Ari Schmidt broke things open, taking another 19-13 lead. Osakis fought back with a four-point run of its own, but a powerful kill from Paige Paulzine ended the match.
“I think we really need to focus more,” Breiter said. “We kind of got ahead of ourselves, and now we need to focus on the little things and work together as a team.”
After the final point was recorded, the Silverstreaks exited a quiet court for an extended meeting in the locker room.
“Everyone is hanging their heads and pointing fingers at everyone else,” McGuire said. “They’re looking for someone else to do the job. We have three games this week so not a lot of practice. The way that we’re playing and going to a game, we may have to focus more on the bus. We have to talk about doing more specific plays and working mentally. The next two games are going to be rough.”
The Silverstreaks travel to Royalton on Tuesday to try and snap the Royals’ (20-1) 13-match win streak. On Thursday, they hit the road again to play Browerville-Eagle Valley (10-8).
Osakis is 6-12 after taking a step back on Monday night. However, the Silverstreaks know that one match doesn’t define a season.
“Everybody has their off night,” Breiter said. “Unfortunately, sometimes we have our off night on the same night. It happens, and we are all human. The best thing we can do is recognize our mistakes and get ready for the next point.”
Osakis has four matches and a tournament left this fall before the section playoffs. McGuire believes that they have enough time to work out the kinks before the postseason
“They’ll come to realize, especially the four seniors, that this is their last run,” McGuire said. “Why not go out strong instead of backing down a little bit? I think we’ll pick it back up again.”
Time is running out on the senior class. It’s a realization that comes for every high school athlete.
“It just hit us tonight that this is it. We are seniors. This is our last season,” Breiter said. “I think we all click well together. I think we’ll look back at great things when it’s done, but for now, we are playing our hearts out and giving it all to the team.”
HOLDINGFORD 3, OSAKIS 0
OSAKIS- Abby Breiter 1 ace, 2 kills, 6 digs; Abby Randall 2 kills, 1 dig; Alexis Johanson 1 ace, 2 blocks, 2 kills, set assist, 1 dig; Ali Rach 11 digs; Cassie Halbur 2 kills, 1 block, 1 set assist; Emily Waldorf 1 kill, 1 dig; Haylee Jern 2 digs; Jacey Larson 4 kills, 1 block, 7 digs; Jose Hartshorn 6 set assists, 4 digs; Laynee Hartshorn 5 kills, 1 dig; Madisen Johanson 2 aces, 4 kills, 6 set assists, 7 digs