In each of BBE’s victories, the Jaguars had huge runs to close out the Silverstreaks. It started with a 10-1 run at the end of the first set to win 25-15. BBE won the third set 25-13 after falling 9-4. In the fourth, the Jaguars left no doubt by ending the game on a 20-4 streak.
Hayleigh Niehoff (left) kicks the ball with her back foot in front of a charging Lara Drum in Osakis’ 3-1 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on August 31, 2021 in the Osakis home opener . (Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)
âI think we have to work to find the ball in the net instead of just going to one spot,â said Osakis head coach Mitch McGuire. “We have to find the ball and get our hands on the ball, so our center blockers don’t have to work so hard. When they’re out of the system, they can’t go to the middle anymore.”
Osakis looked like a different team in the second set of the first. Josee Hartshorn served early in the set to give Osakis a 6-0 lead. Leading 9-2, BBE’s Emily Kern took a big step forward when she broke the school’s record for digs, which was previously set at 1,238.
The Osakis crowd recognized Kern’s moment, but it was short-lived as the Silverstreaks dominated the second set en route to a 25-16 victory. Even in a loss, winning a set against one of Minnesota’s Class A powers showed just how high the ceiling is for this group of Osakis.
Madison Lipke celebrates one of Osakis ‘points in the second set in the Silverstreaks’ 3-1 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on August 31, 2021 in the home opener. (Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)
âWe have a lot of things to work on, but we can focus on how well we’ve played together as a team,â said junior Madison Lipke. âWe’ve kept our energy, and in practice we’re going to focus on building a team. After winning a set, we have more confidence. I think we can look at that and say, ‘Hey, let’s do. it again. ‘”
When things were going well, McGuire was in awe of his team’s service. He hopes his daughters can find more consistency in their services in the weeks to come.
âWe talked about the importance of our services,â said McGuire. âWe have to have a goal for each serve and know where to put them. We picked the people who weren’t doing well on the other team. It got them out of their system, and then our blockers were ready for them. Their system. . ”
Osakis’ inexperience manifested itself in the struggle to reverse the momentum of an experienced BBE team. Lipke remembers his first time playing in college and how hard it is to catch up with speed.
Osakis volleyball team celebrate a point in the second set of their 3-1 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Silverstreaks home opener on August 31, 2021 (Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)
âIt’s annoying, and once you walk in you can’t believe you’re doing it,â Lipke said. “You really want to do your best because the game isn’t just about you anymore. It’s about your team.”
Lipke was challenged to slow down BBE’s outside hitters, who provided a good majority of the offense all night.
âPersonally, I have to work on my timing,â Lipke said. âYou just need to get up at the right time and get on the blocks. It’s not too difficult when you have the right timing. Part of having good blocks is forcing them to go around you, which facilitate your defense behind you. ”
McGuire hopes to see the Silverstreaks catch up in the next practice.
Madison Lipke passes the ball over the net in the opening set of Osakis’ 3-1 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in their home opener on August 31, 2021 (Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)
âIt’s going to take a while,â McGuire said. âWe’re doing new things in training that have to do with footwork. We have to make sure that whatever we do in training matches the speed of the game. I think it starts with moving without balloon and do those reps and again. “