Osseo volleyball returns veteran squad

The Osseo High volleyball team is a veteran group, as it return five of seven starters from the 2011 season. The Orioles are off to a 3-3 start.

The Orioles are led by captains Phillis Webb, Jackie Jones, and Megan Pekarek. Filling out the starting line up early in the season are Belinda Barfknecht, Shiah Sanders, Hannah Pekarek, Janay Morton, and Jazlynn Tanielu. Also making contributions are Kelly Vincent, Touria Techam, and Christina Boe off the bench.

Osseo has some early season health issues as Webb (stress fracture) and Clarke Sanders (mono) have just been cleared to start participating.

Osseo started their season off with a win over section rival Totino Grace on the road. Osseo got off to fast start and won game one 25-10. The Orioles held on in games two and three for slim victories (25-23, 26-24) to sweep the Eagles.

On the night Megan Pekarek spread off the offense to Megan Pekarek (11 kills), Jones (10 kills), and Sanders (10 kills). Libero Jazlynn Tanielu chipped in with 5 aces.

Next up was a 3-1 home win over #5A Mayer Lutheran. Osseo went out to an early 8-0 lead in game one and cruised to a 25-20 victory in game 1.

In game two Osseo held a small lead through out the game and Megan Pekarek’s two aces gave the Orioles a 25-20 win.

In game 3 the Crusaders held a lead through out and Osseo fought back to tie it at 22-22 on a Sanders kill, but Mayer held on to win 25-23 and force game 4.

Mayer Lutheran led 17-15 in game four when Hannah Pekarek and Jones took over. Of the Orioles’ last 10 points, five came on Jones’ kills and four came on a kill and three aces from Pekarek. Osseo won game four 25-18.

Jones paced the offense with 14 kills on the night. Sanders added 13 and Hannah Pekarek had 12. No. 13AAA Roseville handed Osseo’s its first loss, defeating the Orioles in four games (25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21).

Osseo started off the Northwest Suburban Conference season with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-15 win at Armstrong.

In the most anticipated match of the early part of the schedule the defending NWSC and Section 5AAA champion Blaine Bengals came to town to battle the Orioles last Thursday.

Blaine came in to the match ranked No. 2 in the state and had a 2-0 record including an easy victory over #5 Minnetonka.

In game one the teams battled early to a 12-12 tie when Blaine went on a 9-2 and cruised to a 25-19 win.

Game two was a struggle from start to finish. With the score tied at 22 Blaine rattled off two points for a 24-22 lead. Osseo fought back to tie it at 24 on Techam’s serve. Osseo fought off another game point and then took a 26-25 lead on a Hannah Pekarek ace. Blaine took a 28-27 lead on a Lydia Dimke kill but Osseo then ran off three straight points on a Jones kill, a Morton block, and a Sanders kill to win game two 30-28.

Game three was a mirror image of game two with neither team scoring more than three points in a row, but Blaine had a few more runs to pull out a 25-18 run.

In game four Blaine took an early three-point lead that they extended as the game went on. Osseo never threatened and Blaine went on to win game four 25-17.

Jones and Sanders had eight kills a piece to lead Osseo. Hannah Pekarek, Morton, Boe, and Barfknecht combined for 12 more kills.

Next up for the Orioles is a match at Maple Grove Thursday, Sept. 13.