The Onamia Panthers volleyball team lost to Rush City, 3-2, on Oct. 8, giving them their second loss in the Great River Conference. Their losses to Rush City and Pine City both were worth two points in the GRC since league by-laws say neither schools will play each other again for conference points this season. Onamia also beat non-conference Spectrum last week.
The Onamia Panthers may look back at their 3-2 loss to the Rush City Tigers on Oct. 1 as the match that cost them second place in the Great River Conference.
“It is frustrating for us in that we lost close matches to the two best teams in the conference (Pine City and Rush City), and both matches could have gone either way,” Onamia coach Marcia Dahl said.
The difference in the match with Rush City may have been the play of the Tiger’s outstanding, 7th-grade libero, who held Onamia, a team that was averaging over 10 aces in 3-set matches, to just one ace in their entire 5-set loss.
MaKayla Balder, Lily Orazem, Krissy Dahl and Kailee Barnett combined for 36 of Onamia’s 39 kills.
Onamia 10 25 19 25 14
Rush City 25 13 25 22 16
In one of the most unlikely comebacks in recent Onamia volleyball history, the Panthers came back after being down 2-0 to beat the Spectrum Sting, 3-2 on Oct. 3.
Heroes for Onamia included Roxann Emerson who had 16 digs as the Panthers’ libero, and Ashley Rogers and MaKayla Balder who combined for 38 set-assists.
Onamia servers recorded 18 aces, and Balder, Kailee Barnett, Krissy Dahl, Lily Orazem and Ashley Strang combined for 38 kills.
Onamia 12 15 25 25 15
Spectrum 25 25 22 20 12