The Osceola volleyball team played seven matches over a two-day span at the Menomonie Sprawl this weekend.
The Chieftains started by being placed in a pool with Menomonie, Prairie Farm, Chippewa Falls McDonnell and Stevens Point.
Osceola went 1-3 against those four teams, earning the win against Prairie Farm (25-11, 25-15), while falling to Menomonie (22-25, 25-17, 15-13), Stevens Point (25-11, 9-25, 15-12) and McDonnell (24-26, 25-23, 15-11).
“All the games were close, losing in game three every time by a point spread of two to four points,” said Chieftain coach Holly Johnson. “In volleyball, those games could go either way.”
Osceola (4-5 overall) ended up third in the pool and being placed in the bronze category due to points earned versus the opposing teams.
In the bronze category, Osceola was the eighth seed and faced top seeded Cameron in the first round. Cameron prevailed in three 25-15, 17-25, 15-10.
“We were competitive, but couldn’t finish,” Johnson said.
Osceola finished with two wins. A 25-11, 25-17 sweep over Altoona and a 25-5, 25-19 victory over Wausau West.
“In these matches, we found our groove and truly executed as a team,” Johnson said. “Everyone played to finish the day for a great team win.”
Mallory Johnson had a team-high seven kills with Caysie Ward chipping in with six against Altoona. Maddie Newton added five. Lauren Kremer recorded 12 set assists. Elise Viebrock recorded seven digs. Newton had four aces as Kremer tallied three.
Mallory Johnson recorded four kills versus Wausau West, while Viebrock tallied three. Ally Mahler had seven set assists. Newton posted seven digs. Mallory Johnson had four aces.
The Chieftains got their season started off with a bang by hosting perennial power Grantsburg and defending Middle Border Conference champions St. Croix Central Aug. 24.
Osceola took care of the Pirates 25-22, 25-23, but fell in three to SCC 25-18, 21-25, 15-8.
“We came out firing against Grantsburg,” Osceola coach Holly Johnson said. “We put up a great fight against St. Croix Central, but couldn’t finish the match.”
Against Central, Mallory Johnson led the Osceola offense with three kills, while Julia Daniels and Elise Viebrock added two. Mari Swanson recorded six set assists. Daniels, Johnson and Lauren Kremer each recorded an ace.
Meanwhile, Camryn Maypark had a team-high seven kills, while Caysie Ward had six. Johnson recorded five and Daniels had four. Kremer finished with 12 set assists and Swanson had 11. Swanson tallied eight digs and Daniels had seven. Johnson posted five aces.