After all of the hard early season practices the Osceola Chieftain volleyball team finally got a chance to see how they matched up against some of the other area high school teams. The early season glimpse looks very good for Osceola. The Chieftains traveled to St. Croix Central to compete in a quadrangular meet and came away with wins over St. Croix Central and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (G-E-T) and a loss to River Falls.
“Two wins and one loss, to an extremely good team from River Falls. Overall a great way to start the season,” Osceola coach Holly Johnson said. “The girls played hard but more importantly they played together. There were times we could have given up and we fought back to gain points and win rallies.”
The Osceola win over St. Croix Central came in a tough three game match. The Chieftains won the first game nearly doubling the Panther score at 25-13. SCC fought back with a 26-24 decision setting up the third game to determine the winner. Once again Osceola found its game and defeated the Panthers 15-9 in the decider.
Addi Anderson led Osceola with seven kills followed by Ellie Gillespie and Makena Hollman with five each. Sydney Bents had two of the four Chieftain service aces and Hailey Ebert led the team with seven assists.
Osceola defeated G-E-T in straight games but both were very close. The Chieftains won the first game 25-22 before finishing the match with a 26-24 win in the second game. Bents again had a pair of service aces as did Hannah Ebert. Holl-man had eight kills with Allyson Mallin adding seven. Mathea Leiskau led the team collecting 10 assists with Hailey Ebert adding eight.
Osceola lost to a powerful D-1 River Falls team in straight sets. The Wildcats won both games by 25-15 scores. Hollman again led the Chieftains with six kills, Hailey Ebert had six assists and Hannah Ebert had six digs to lead the team.
Osceola played in the huge Menomonie Sprawl over the weekend to complete their busy week.