OSCODA – The Oscoda volleyball team hadn’t put a whole lot of time inside prior to Thursday’s North Star League opening game at Mio. The Lady Owls didn’t let that slow them down too much however, as they tamed the Lady Thunderbolts in four sets, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-14.

“This game was a little weird for us, we still hadn’t had a practice in the gym,” head coach Melissa Curley said. “The girls started out really lazy on defense and we just weren’t putting much effort into it. We were putting a lot of easily passed balls back over the net and weren’t being aggressive.”

After using the early portion of the night to find their footing, the Owls dominated as the contest played out. 

“Once we focused in and started passing better, we were still going easy on our hits and didn’t very many hard hits down,” Curley said. “It wasn’t until halfway through game three that things started to click a little better. Our passes were better so we got more attacks on the ball. Our serving was also much more consistent than last week, and they will make a huge difference in games as the season goes on.”

Megan Myles had eight kills, eight aces, two blocks and served 10 straight points in the fourth set to key that frame. Macy Kellstrom had 23 kills, 13 digs, six aces and one block and Kaylin Griggs added 10 digs, six aces and one kill. 

Oscoda (2-1 overall, 1-0 NSL) hosts rival Tawas Area on Thursday and makes the trip to Fairview on Tuesday. 

“We have some tough games coming up, so we will really need to focus on staying aggressive and really communicating well to be successful in these coming games,” Curley said. “We are going to work our defense hard and focus on keeping up our intensity.”

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