Owatonna Volleyball Did This for the First Time in 5 Years
The Owatonna High School volleyball team danced on the floor at the Nomeland Gymnasium at Faribault High School to celebrate their first win over the Falcons in five years. OHS won 3-1 on Tuesday, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20. Their last win over Faribault came in 2016.
Coach Tai Tolle liked the aggressive attitude the team took in their match Monday at Byron, playing toe-to-toe with the top-ten rated Bears before falling 3-sets-to-1, "I thought we handled ourselves very well in a loud gym. We started off a little slow buy we found our bearings and started to play aggressive and not a passive game. I think that was the switch for us."
On Tuesday there were plenty of lead changes and neither team had a big lead in any set. Mehsa Krause delivered about 15 kills to set the pace for the OHS offense. Ava Eithreim was close to double-digit kills. Audrey Simon and Leah Welker each had about five kills and Simon was part of several ace blocks. Lainey Smith had five ace serves.
Bailey Manderfeld and Bella Berrie kept the offense humming with their setting. The Huskies (12-10, 5-3 Big Nine) host Rochester John Marshall Thursday, October 7 at 7 pm. It is Kids' Night and Fan Appreciation Night.
Tolle said the team is running pretty efficiently, "I think, for the most part, when we get our serve receive down, the offense flows very nicely. And we have a lot of options at the net."
Moriah Noeldner had three aces serves and some digs. Sam Bogen had a couple of ace serves late in the match at Faribault. The previous night at Byron, Elizabeth Prostrollo and Brooke Kunkel had strong nights at the net.
The Falcons were led by Olivia Bauer with a dozen kills. Maggie Leichtnam added almost ten, with Addison Dietsch close behind. Faribault (9-13, 2-5) goes to Rochester Century Thursday.