The Osceola Chieftain volleyball team ran their Middle Border conference record to 3-0 with a win over the Amery Warriors. Osceola made quick work of Amery winning the match in three straight games.
“We played extremely well as a whole,” Osceola coach Holly Johnson said. “The whole team was contributing, even better we stayed calm and confident even when we went into extra points. The team played together and finished.”
Osceola dominated the Warriors in the opening game coming away with a 25-8 win. Despite the lopsided loss Amery came out ready to put their disappointing loss in game one behind them. In game two it was a nip and tuck battle that could not be decided in regulation. With the Chieftains leading 30-29 and serving Osceola was finally able to put the winning point on the board to take game two with a two point decision.
The tough loss took some of the wind out of the Warriors’ sails. Osceola was able to regain the momentum they had in the first game and defeated Amery in the deciding game 25-12. The Chieftains outscored the Warriors by a total of 75-49 for the match.
Osceola was once again very strong in their serves, accumulating a total of a dozen aces over the three games. Hannah Ebert, Sydney Bents and Mathea Leiskau each had three aces to lead the way for Osceola with Addi Anderson adding a couple. The Chieftains served at 91.2% accuracy as a team.
Makena Hollman accumulated nearly half of the team’s 25 kills as she put the hammer down on 12 Chieftain points. Laura Swanson added four kills with Anderson coming in with three. Osceola controlled the nets with a team total of nine blocks with Ellie Gillespie getting five and Hollman three to lead the way. Bents led the team with five digs followed by Hannah and Hailey Ebert with three each. Hailey Ebert led the team with 15 of the team’s 23 assists.
Osceola entertained Prescott on Oct. 8 and hosts a match against the always tough St. Croix Central Panthers on Oct. 10.
“We have had a promising start to our conference competition,” Hollman said. “This week we face two very competitive teams. Prescott, which with composure should be a good fight. Thursday we face an undefeated SSC on our home court. We must remain consistent, confident in our game and have a team mentality in order to perform to our potential.”