The Osceola Chieftain volleyball team got what they needed as they readied themselves for Middle Border conference play — lots of experience. Their most recent contest resulted in a three game sweep of the Hayward Hurricanes. Next up for Osceola will be the Chieftain Invitational, played at the local high school gym on Sept. 14. The first conference contest will be on Sept. 19 against New Richmond.
Osceola blew by the Hurricanes in a non-conference match-up in Hayward.
The Chieftains outscored the home-standers by a combined 75-25 in the three game sweep. The individual game scores were 25-14, 25-5 and 25-6.
“The girls played well,” Osceola head coach Holly Johnson understated. “All of our girls got a chance to play. It was a fun team win.”
The statistical leaders were spread among a total of 15 varsity members with every player contributing. Makena Hollman was the team leader in kills with four followed by Julia Daniels with three. Ellie Gillespie led the team with four blocks with Hollman adding three. Mathea Leiskau had a team-high five assists with Kaili Bradway contributing four. The highlight of the Chieftain statistics was their serving. Osceola had a total of 14 service aces over the three games with Leiskau getting seven and Sydney Bents five.
“So far this season our success has come from our ability to rise together and truly play as a team,” Bents said. “Each of my teammates offers a different element that strengthens us as a whole. I believe that if we continue to play hard and encourage one another there will be some excellent matches against our competitive Middle Border Conference teams.”
Osceola was coming off a solid performance at the Menomonie Sprawl the previous weekend. It was a two day tournament with the Chieftains getting three wins against a single loss in the opening day. Osceola defeated Prairie Farm (25-20, 18-25, 15-11), Stevens Point (25-23, 22-25, 15-13) and Hudson (25-20, 25-20) and lost to Eau Claire Regis.
On the second day of competition Osceola had a tough bracket due to their impressive first day performance. The Chieftains fell to Chippewa Falls McDonnell and Oshkosh West in three game matches and dropped a two set match to Columbus Catholic. With their two day performance Osceola placed eighth overall.
“Overall eighth out of 40 teams,” Johnson remarked. “The girls played hard. They struggled to finish on day two but always played competitively. Overall the team wasn’t jiving but we are happy with an eighth place finish. It shows us that we can play well and compete with the best but have work to do to refine our play and step up in the big moments. The girls were fun to watch.”