The Osakis volleyball team honored its seniors on a night where the Silverstreaks got a sweep in the final home match of the regular season.

Osakis (9-12) hosted fellow Section 6AA opponent, Pierz (9-13-1), on Monday.

The Pioneers sit a little higher in the section pecking order as far as seed standings on Minnesota-scores.net, but Osakis won 25-18, 25-12 and 28-26 in the head-to-head matchup. It snapped a 2-match losing streak for the Silverstreaks after playing a top Class AA team in Paynesville (19-3) on Oct. 12 and almost beating Prairie Conference rival Browerville-Eagle Valley (22-2) before falling in five sets on Oct. 14.

The Osakis volleyball team and fan section celebrate a point late in a 28-26 third-set win over Pierz that completed the sweep over the Pioneers for the Silverstreaks on Oct. 18, 2021. 
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The Osakis volleyball team and fan section celebrate a point late in a 28-26 third-set win over Pierz that completed the sweep over the Pioneers for the Silverstreaks on Oct. 18, 2021. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

“It was much-needed, but stressful at the end there,” Osakis head coach Mitch McGuire said of getting the win after a tight third set. “We have six seniors and we wanted to get them all in and playing together one last time.”

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Osakis recognized those seniors in Lara Drum, Lexi Froemming, Mackenzie Holmquist, Alexis Johanson, Hayleigh Niehoff and Kali Schoeck. Niehoff had a team-best 8 kills in helping the Silverstreaks to the win, while Schoeck had 15 digs.

Greta Faber had a team-high 25 digs. Kiley Kranz added 7 kills, and Josee Hartshorn distributed 21 assists.

Osakis senior Hayleigh Niehoff jumps up for a block attempt against Pierz on Oct. 18, 2021. Niehoff had a team-high 8 kills in the win over the Pioneers. 
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Osakis senior Hayleigh Niehoff jumps up for a block attempt against Pierz on Oct. 18, 2021. Niehoff had a team-high 8 kills in the win over the Pioneers. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

“Energy,” McGuire said when asked about the game plan against Pierz going into the match. “Energy. Making our serves and finding open spots.”

Osakis served at a 92.1% clip and got two aces from Faber and one each from Hartshorn and Niehoff.

The Silverstreaks have one more regular-season match as they go to Morris on Tuesday night at 7:15 to face the 5-17 Tigers. They will also be part of the Upsala Tournament on Thursday that starts at 9 a.m.

Osakis will then shift its focus to the Section 6AA Tournament that starts on Oct. 28.

From left to right, Madison Lipke, Mackenzie Holmquist, Lexi Froemming, Alexis Johanson and Rachel Moore celebrate a point from the bench for Osakis during a 3-0 sweep over Pierz on Oct. 18, 2021. 
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From left to right, Madison Lipke, Mackenzie Holmquist, Lexi Froemming, Alexis Johanson and Rachel Moore celebrate a point from the bench for Osakis during a 3-0 sweep over Pierz on Oct. 18, 2021. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

It’s a 14-team section field where Sauk Centre (26-1) looks to likely be the No. 1 seed, according to the QRF seeding order on Minnesota-scores.net. The Silverstreaks will likely be on the road to start the section tournament, as they currently sit 12th in that section seeding order.

Coaches will keep working with the girls on making improvements as Osakis tries to extend its season as long as possible in the next couple weeks.

“We’ve got to work on blocking for sure,” McGuire said. “We’re going to be moving some people around to play different positions just to see how we can fix some gaps and just wanting the ball more.”

(Thalen Zimmerman of the Echo Press contributed to this story)

OSAKIS 3, PIERZ 0

OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 3 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 8 digs; Greta Faber - 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 25 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 1 ace, 8 kills, 1 block, 15 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 1 ace, 5 kills, 21 assists, 2 digs; Kali Schoeck - 3 kills, 15 digs; Kiley Kranz - 7 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Lara Drum - 1 assist, 5 digs; Lexi Froemming - 1 kill, 1 dig; Madison Lipke - 3 kills