Emotional farewell

Osage falls in state semis

By Kristi Nixon

CEDAR RAPIDS — Western Christian continued to be the foe Osage’s volleyball team had trouble getting past.

The Wolfpack (40-5) used a potent mix of strong kills and well-timed tips to end the Green Devils’ run at 29-10.

“State tournament…We just had a few errors every once in awhile that took the momentum away,” Osage head coach Bryan Tabbert said. “Western Christian is a great team, obviously, an outstanding program out there. It wasn’t our night tonight.”

Osage senior Meredith Street goes up for one of her 10 kills against Western Christian on Wednesday, Nov. 3 in the Class 2A state semifinal. EJ Photo/Kristi Nixon

After an opening 25-19 loss, the Green Devils put together an outstanding second set in which they accounted for 13 kills by six different players, a block and six aces, including two straight by Sydney Muller to end the 25-11 second-set win.

“We used the Sumner game as a focus in the tournament,” Tabbert said of what he told his team between that first and second set. “We’ve been down before and volleyball plays out quite a bit. Dropping one set doesn’t matter until the final outcome. We put that into perspective: we dropped the first set? So what? We can come back from that. We have to play Osage volleyball.”

Western Christian went on to take the final two sets, 25-22, 25-18.

Junior Claudia Aschenbrenner, who had a monster tournament starting with the post-season, tallied a match-high 17 kills for the Green Devils. Meredith Street added 10 and Kaebre Sullivan, nine.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Western Christian continued to be the foe Osage’s volleyball team had trouble getting past.

The Wolfpack (40-5) used a potent mix of strong kills and well-timed tips to end the Green Devils’ run at 29-10.

“State tournament…We just had a few errors every once in awhile that took the momentum away,” Osage head coach Bryan Tabbert said. “Western Christian is a great team, obviously, an outstanding program out there. It wasn’t our night tonight.”

After an opening 25-19 loss, the Green Devils put together an outstanding second set in which they accounted for 13 kills by six different players, a block and six aces, including two straight by Sydney Muller to end the 25-11 second-set win.

“We used the Sumner game as a focus in the tournament,” Tabbert said of what he told his team between that first and second set. “We’ve been down before and volleyball plays out quite a bit. Dropping one set doesn’t matter until the final outcome. We put that into perspective: we dropped the first set? So what? We can come back from that. We have to play Osage volleyball.”

Western Christian went on to take the final two sets, 25-22, 25-18.

Junior Claudia Aschenbrenner, who had a monster tournament starting with the post-season, tallied a match-high 17 kills for the Green Devils. Meredith Street added 10 and Kaebre Sullivan, nine.

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