The Onamia Panthers volleyball team ran its overall record to 2-0 with a gutsy, 4-set win over the perennial conference power Braham Bombers on Sept. 5. The victory was partially due to the timely insertion of 8th-grader Ashley Strang into the Onamia line-up in the pivotal third game.
Onamia had handily beaten Braham in set one, but things went south for the Panthers in the second set, allowing the Bombers to win, 25-21, to even the match.
Onamia coach Marcia Balder took a chance and sent Strang into the fray in the third game and the youngster, who had played several games on B-squad earlier that evening, took matters into her own hands and came up with six timely kills, including slams that produced three of the final
four points to win the set.
Onamia seemed inspired by what happened in the third game when they came out of the chute in game four with a 7-0 lead and later built it to 21-8 on the way to winning the set and the match.
Onamia finished the match out-killing Braham 45-21, and Panther servers produced 18 aces over the four sets.
Lily Orazem and MaKayla Balder combined for 21 kills followed by Krissy Dahl with eight and six each from Strang and Kailee Barnett. Roxann Emerson turned in a strong performance at libero, handling most serves and Barnett covered the entire court with her athletic ability showcasing ball-saving skills while adding powerful kills.
Braham 16 25 24 12
Onamia 25 21 27 25