by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Over the years, Osseo volleyball teams have developed two traits. They are very competitive and they always have fun playing the game.
The 2013 Oriole squad under head coach Bill Quan should be no different.
“We have lots of experience and versatile players. It will be a fun season,” said Quan, who is entering his 12th year as Osseo’s head coach with a 194-123 record.
Last year, the Orioles finished 18-11 overall and 8-3 in the conference record. The Orioles made it all the way to the section final before losing to powerful Blaine. Many of the Orioles are back and hope to make it a step further.
Leading the team this year are senior setter captain Megan Pekarek and senior outside hitter and captain Jackie Jones. Megan, in her fifth year on varsity, had 849 assists last year, and 1898 career assists. An all conference selection, she has committed to University of Wisconsin Parkside. Jones, in her fourth year on varsity, had 279 kills and 299 digs last season. Jones, an all conference choice, has committed to Mankato State.
Other returning starters are junior outside hitter Hannah Pekarek, freshman middle hitter Tina Boe, junior opposite hitter Shiah Sanders and senior libero Jazlynn Tanielu.
Adding depth to the squad are newcomers junior middle hitter Emily Carman and senior setter Touria Techam.
“We have a balanced Offense, experience, communication, team chemistry,” Quan said. “We need to develop consistency and we want better ball control.”
The Orioles are a year older and better but so are other top teams in the conference and section, especially defending conference and section champion Blaine.
“Blaine has three Div. 1 athletes and they finished third in state in 2012,” Quan said. “Champlin Park has Sydney Hilley, who will change the look of that team. Centennial has lots of returning players and Andover is always tough. It will be a fun season.”
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