OSCODA – The Oscoda volleyball team played in a quad match at Inland Lakes on Saturday, battling three other quality teams. The Lady Owls were able to come away with a second place finish and went 2-3 on the day.
In pool play, the Owls topped host Inland Lakes but lost to Bellaire and Traverse City St. Francis. Oscoda rebounded with a win over Bellaire (ranked ninth in division four), but lost against to St. Francis in the finals.
“Saturday was a tough day,” head coach Melissa Curley said. “We were the only unranked team at the tournament. We knew we had to be really focused in and limit the errors to win. Overall, we did really well. Our passers did a great job all day. We struggled keeping our hits in, but we still had good, strong swings on the ball. I’d much rather lose points on hard hits than people not going after the ball! I’m very proud of the girls for battling and coming home with a second place finish.”
Leading the team on the day was Macy Kellstrom who had 44 kills, 44 digs and six aces, Megan Myles added 24 kills, six blocks and two aces, McKenna Mochty added 21 kills, 90 assists, three aces and two blocks and Kaylin Griggs had 20 kills, 24 digs, seven aces and one block.
On Thursday, the Owls played in AuGres, where they battled Rogers City and AuGres. The Owls topped R-C in a three game sweep and swept AuGres in two games.
Kellstrom led the team with 19 kills, 12 digs and nine aces, Griggs added 12 kills, 18 digs and three aces, Megan Myles had nine kills, four blocks and one ace and Anna Roy had 13 digs and three aces.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13 the Owls played a North Star League crossover battle in Hillman, winning that in straight sets 25-12, 25-17 and 25-22.
Leading the way in the win was Kellstrom with 11 kills and three aces, Myles had nine kills and two blocks, McKenna Mochty had four kills, 26 assists, six aces and one block and Griggs had four kills, 11 digs and three aces.
“Our passing on serve receive did really good things week,” Curley said. “We knew we would be facing some good blockers this week, so we were focused on being able to get the blocked hits back in play and the girls got a lot of those back in play for us. We are still missing more serves than I would like, but we are always talking about being aggressive with our serves and serving hard, so we just need to find that consistency while still having tough serves.”
Oscoda (17-7-3 overall) played at AuGres on Tuesday, hosts Whittemore-Prescott on Thursday and hosts Hale on Tuesday.