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Volleyball: Osakis pulls out 2-2 finish at Sauk Rapids Tourney

Osakis senior Megan Peikert (left) sets herself as a ball flies down in the third set of a 3-0 loss to Royalton on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Osakis. (Micah Friez / Osakis Review)

The Osakis volleyball team went 2-2 at the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, falling 2-1 to Foley and 2-0 to Annandale but recovering with 2-0 wins over Kimball Area and Little Falls.

“We played some very good teams at this tournament,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “This team plays very well together and communicates well on the floor. It’s fun for these girls to play tough competition and hang in there with them.”

To open the day, Osakis fell 25-9 to Foley in the first set, but the Silverstreaks came back with a marathon 31-29 win in the second to force a decisive third. However, an early deficit doomed Osakis to a 15-10 loss.

“We got down early in the third game (and) started making a comeback,” Wessel said, “but when you only play to 15, there’s not much time to make a comeback.”

Similarly, the Silverstreaks kept things close against Annandale, but they couldn’t get over the hump and fell victim to a 25-20, 25-22 sweep.

But their fate improved in the back end of the tourney.

Osakis won a 25-17, 25-16 decision over Kimball and a 25-18, 25-22 decision over Little Falls, pulling even at the tournament with a 2-2 record.

“It was nice to see us get going right away against Kimball and play aggressive,” Wessel said. “We took control early and kept the control to be able to finish the match.”

Wessel also said that, even though they were in the middle of their fourth match of the day against the Flyers, the Silverstreaks battled through fatigue for a solid finish.

“We had some low energy points, but we (were) able to fight back and get our energy level back,” she said of the Little Falls matchup. “It’s always tough to find energy in the fourth match of the day, but these girls did it and played tough to finish strong.”

Over the four matches, Megan Peikert recorded a team-best 11 aces and 38 digs, while Tianna Stanek followed with 36 digs and Kylie Anderson 29. Jacey Larson’s 17 led the Silverstreaks in the kill category, with Laynee Hartshorn (14), Stanek (13), Anderson (12) and Maddie Johanson (11) following closely in double-digits. Johanson also finished with four blocks, and Elli Clasemann racked up 57 set assists on the day, as well.

Foley 2, Osakis 1

25-9, 29-31, 15-10

Annandale 2, Osakis 0

25-20, 25-22

Osakis 2, Kimball 0

25-17, 25-16

Osakis 2, Little Falls 0

25-18, 25-22

OSAKIS TOURNAMENT STATS -- Abby Breiter - 2 digs; Alli Rach - 1 dig; Brooke Pfeffer - 1 ace, 1 kill, 11 digs; Cassie LeBrun - 1 ace; Elli Clasemann - 4 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 57 assists, 20 digs; Haylee Jern - 1 kill; Jacey Larson - 17 kills, 1 block, 7 digs; Kylie Anderson - 1 ace, 12 kills, 29 digs; Laynee Hartshorn - 2 aces, 14 kills, 2 blocks, 2 assists, 5 digs; Liz Drevlow - 1 ace, 1 dig; Maddie Johanson - 11 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs; Megan Peikert - 11 aces, 1 kill, 2 assists, 38 digs; Tianna Stanek - 3 aces, 13 kills, 3 blocks, 3 assists, 36 digs.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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