ORCS advances in District 12

BURLINGTON There’s no doubt about it.

The Our Redeemer’s Christian School volleyball team is a team on a mission.

The Knights took their first step Thursday in what appears to be a long and successful postseason run.

The Knights made short work of South Prairie, winning in three games by scores of 25-5, 25-8 and 25-2.

“We got in and did business pretty well,” senior Morgan Olson said.

Olson paced the Knights with 22 assists, six aces and six kills.

The Knights started quickly and never let up off the gas. ORCS used a 15-2 run in the opening game that erased any thoughts South Prairie may of had of an upset.

In the second game, ORCS scored 10 of the first 14 points, and cruised to the 17-point win from there.

In third game, the Knights scored the first 19 points of the contest, with all of those points coming as Olson was serving the ball.

“I was mad at myself,” the ORCS senior said. “I hadn’t served well earlier, but my teammates picked me up.”

Still, the impressive performance Thursday comes on the heels of a 10-day layoff.

But Olson knew the team wasn’t going to come out flat.

“We have been hitting practice like it’s conditioning,” she said.

Prior to Thursday, the Knights had been off since a win at Ray on Oct. 17.

“We are trying to practice harder so we are ready for the tougher matches,” Olson said.

Sophomore Cara Steede finished with eight kills for the Knights, while senior Lauren Hendrickson had six digs.

Junior Halle Kadrmas had six digs in the loss for the Royals.

Ryan moves on with

sweep of Surrey

BURLINGTON There wasn’t anything exciting or flashy about Bishop Ryan’s three game sweep of the Surrey Mustangs Thursday night in the Class B District 12 volleyball tournament in Burlington.

The Lions were solid enough to move on to the tournament semifinals with a 25-10, 25-20 and 25-14 win over Surrey.

“We played OK,” Ryan coach Kaycee Grochow said. “We still got some things to work on.”

The Lions opened the match with a 8-3 run, which included kills from junior Eden Kramer, junior McKinee Harmon and senior Holly Burckhard. From there, the Lions pushed the lead out to 16-6, and the Mustangs would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.

In the second game, the Mustangs pushed Ryan. But a late run by the Lions allowed the Lions to escape with a five-point win.

In the final game, Ryan scored the final seven points to complete the sweep.

“They knew they had to come in and play hard,” the Ryan coach said.

Senior Shayla Elm paced Ryan with 10 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Harmon and Burckhard each finished with eight kills.

Stephanie Severson and Lauren Anderson each had six kills in the loss for Surrey.

The Lions will face Thursday’s Glenburn in the semifinals this evening.

Mark Jones covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MarkJones27_MDN.