The Osceola Chieftain volleyball team started the season with several wins with many of them going five sets before a winner was determined. As the season wore on the Chieftains stumbled a few times in the Middle Border conference but still was impressive enough overall to earn the top seed in the upcoming Regional tournament. Osceola earned a bye in the opening round of Regional play and will face the winner of the match between Amery and Somerset on Oct. 22. The game will be played in Osceola.
Osceola had a pair of pre-tournament matches last week to ready themselves for Regionals. The Chieftains started their week with a win over Prescott before falling to St. Croix Central three days later. OHS defeated Prescott three sets to two in a theme that has been common throughout the season. Prescott opened the match with an impressive 25-18 win in the first set before Osceola reversed the score and earned a 25-18 win in set two. A 25-13 decision in the third set put the Chieftains up two sets to one. Prescott came back to even the match at two sets apiece with a 25-20 win in the fourth set. The Chieftains narrowly escaped the fifth and deciding set by a score of 15-13.
“As a team we are working on growing, trying to stay consistent, trust each other, and continuing to finish tough matches,” Osceola Coach Holly Johnson said. “As we make steps forward we are hoping the timing will be right to bring our best play for playoffs.”
Kaili Bradway had a great night for Osceola with 13 assists and three service aces. Allyson Mallin had seven kills and nine digs. Mathea Leiskau contributed nine kills and 12 assists.
Osceola dropped a three set match to St. Croix Central by scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-22. SCC is a tough team and also earned a top seed in their Regional. Leiskau led the team with 11 kills followed by Mallory Johnson with eight and Julia Daniels with seven. Johnson was big at the net registering seven of the teams 12 blocks. Daniels led the team with 11 digs while Leiskau dished out a team high 18 assists with Bradway adding 17.
After play last week Osceola quickly turned their attention to Regional play where they will start with either Amery or Somerset. No matter who it is Coach Johnson knows that the Chieftains will have to be at their best to get to the next round of play. “There will not be a ‘give me’ game this year,” she said. “We will have to fight.”
“In order to get through the Regional tournament coming up our team will need to continue strong communication, keep trusting each other, and use the adjustments we make to our advantage,” junior Elise Viebrock added.