The Osakis volleyball team has gotten off to a nice start after the Silverstreaks took care of Melrose on the road on Tuesday to improve to 2-0.
The Silverstreaks had one hiccup in the second set, but rallied around that easily, winning 25-20, 14-25, 25-8, 25-18.
“Hard work, communication and passion were what brought (us) to a second victory of the season,” assistant coach Samantha Chisholm said. “The team was led by seniors Emily Waldorf and Laynee Hartshorn with 8 kills each.”
Senior outside hitter Jacey Larson also had a nice night with 18 digs, while libero Alli Rach posted a team-best 21 digs defensively. Josee Hartshorn is an eighth-grader starting at setter, and she finished with 18 assists.
Osakis now has the rest of the week off from competition before going to Sauk Centre next Tuesday night. The Silverstreaks are then at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the Prairie Conference two days later on Thursday.
Cardinals edge Rocori in five
Alexandria bounced back from its opening loss to Sartell last week by edging Rocori on the road in a five-set match on Tuesday.
The Spartans won sets one and three 25-20 and 25-21, while the Cardinals took sets two and four 25-20 and 25-11 before putting away the win with a 15-13 win in the fifth.
“It was a roller coaster of a night going down to the wire in the fifth and final (set),” assistant coach Mackenzie Dougherty said. “It was a true team effort to get three set wins, with a lot of Cardinals sharing the spotlight.”
Madi Buysse led the way at the net with 13 kills, while Maggie Anderson added 11 and Addie Boesel had seven. Kiya Issendorf set them up with 18 assists, and Cora Larson had 13.
Lexi Cole (10 digs, 2 blocks) and Tessa McGrane (9 digs) led the defense, along with Lilly Thul (3 blocks).
Chargers still perfect
Brandon-Evansville improved its overall winning streak in the Little Eight Conference to 24 matches with a sweep of Rothsay on Tuesday night.
The Chargers (3-0, 3-0 LEC) set out this season looking to win a third straight league title, and even in a win, head coach Kelly Olson wants to see his girls play with more energy.
“We went against a team that was superior in hustle, in never giving up, and wanting to play,” Olson said. “Our effort this evening was lackluster to say the least. We did win 3-0, but only because we caught them standing up...We have talked for weeks about communication and about taking advantage of opportunities presented to us. Tonight, we didn’t do those things.”
The Chargers won 25-15 and 25-18 in the first two sets before taking care of things in a 25-11 win in the third.
“(Their) heart kept them in the match,” Olson said. “We had chances throughout the night on which we could have capitalized, but we did not do that. Missed serves and passing free balls haunted us. Setting errors plagued our flow. If this team is going to push into the postseason they need to decide now is the time to improve.”
Olson put out many different lineups trying to find the spark he was looking for.
“At times we saw that, but not enough,” he said. “Morgan Bitzan had quality touches and we saw Kaytlyn Pattrin end the match with her first kill. We love to see those things happen, but the team as a whole needs to focus and be responsible in their play. Hats off to Rothsay tonight. They pushed us.”
Bailey Schaefer had three aces and 13 kills for B-E. Korrie Randt added 21 assists.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 3, ROTHSAY 0
(25-15, 25-18, 25-11)
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - 2 digs; Bailey Schaefer - 3 aces, 13 kills, 3 digs; Sydney Schaefer - 1 assist; Kylee Dingwall - 2 kills, 1 dig; Mikenna Pattrin - 4 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs; Taylor Yeats - 1 ace, 4 digs; Korrie Randt - 2 aces, 21 assists, 3 digs; EmmaLee Brethorst - 3 kills; Gretchen Bredberg - 4 aces, 2 digs; Olivia Otto - 1 ace, 4 digs; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 1 kill
Lakers sweep Benson
Minnewaska bounced back from a loss in its season opener to beat Benson in a sweep on Tuesday.
The Lakers (1-1) handled the Braves (0-1) by scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-13.
MaKena Panizke and Brecklyn Beyer both had eight kills to lead the way at the net. Panizke showed off her all-around game with 21 digs as well, and Britta Nelson and Haley Shea shared the setting duties with 14 and 10 assists, respectively.
MINNEWASKA 3, BENSON 0
(25-21, 25-16, 25-13)
MINNEWASKA - MaKena Panizke - 8 kills, 1 ace, 21 digs, 2 block assists; Brooklyn Larson - 4 kills, 1 solo block, 3 block assists; Kristen Glover - 3 kills, 10 digs, 1 block assist; Avery Hoeper - 5 kills, 2 assists, 16 digs, 2 solo blocks, 2 block assists; Haley Shea - 1 kill, 10 assists, 5 digs; Avery Fier - 2 kills, 3 aces, 15 digs; Brecklyn Beyer - 8 kills, 2 digs, 1 solo block; Britta Nelson - 1 kill, 14 assists, 2 aces, 7 digs