by Bob San
Osseo Maple Grove Sports
Another big match against a top 10 team, another sweep.
That’s what the Osseo volleyball team accomplished Oct. 8 when they defeated host Champlin Park 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 in a match that pit the two undefeated squads in the Northwest Suburban Conference. Earlier in the season, the Orioles did the same to Roseville and Blaine.
In front of a boisterous crowd, the seventh-ranked Orioles dominated from start to finish and never allowed the 10th-ranked Rebels to get back into the game.
“It was a great atmosphere for a match that had major implications in the conference title race and section seeding,” Osseo coach Bill Quan said. “Both sides’ fans came out in full force and the players responded with one of their better matches of the year.”
The Orioles once again played solidly as a team with many standouts. Shiah Sanders and Christina Boe led the attack with nine kills each, Jackie Jones added eight and 12 digs, Hannah Pekarek had three service aces and 15 digs, Jazlynn Tanielu came through with 15 digs and two service aces and Megan Pekarek had 31 set assists, two kills and nine digs. Quan said Megan Pekarek was the key player in the match as she flawlessly quarterbacked the offense.
“Tonight Megan Pekarek showed why she is one of the best setters in the state,” Quan said. “She ran a diversified offense and was aggressively dumping and attacking from the front row.”
The win over Champlin Park and the victory over Coon Rapids Oct. 10 locked up the conference championship for Osseo with a perfect 10 and made the Orioles the logical choice to be the No. 1 seed in the sections. The Orioles went 3-1 in the Apple Valley Tournament last weekend. They beat Wasbasha-Kellogg, Burnsville and Kasson-Mantorville and lost 1-2 to Chanhassen. They are 21-1 overall.
“It’s been a fun ride but there are still lots of matches left for us,” Quan said. “We were at Apple Valley this weekend and will play at Moorhead over MEA. If we continue to play well, we should have a strong argument for the No. 1 seed.”