Osseo volleyball is hoping to build on last season’s success.
The Orioles enjoyed a 22-7 overall record in 2018, taking second in the Northwest Suburban Conference and reaching the 5AAA section semifinals.
Some of the top players on that team graduated but Osseo coach Mandy Burian welcomes back a good nucleus.
Top returners for the Orioles are senior captains Taylor Quan (libero/outside hitter), Lindy Oujiri (outside hitter), Maggie Bauer (outside hitter/libero) and junior captain Riley Stichter (middle hitter).
A key newcomer is senior setter/outside hitter Ali Hinze, a 2018 transfer from Maple Grove who will be eligible to play on the varsity this season.
Burian said the team has some talented players who will get All-Metro or All-State considerations.
“Quan is a top passer on the team. She is approaching 1,000 career digs,” Burian said. “Oujiri has led the team in kills the past two seasons as a sophomore and junior. Hinze had to play for our JV team as she was also recovering from an injury. She will be one of the top hitters in the state this season.”
The Orioles are off to a 2-1 start, beating Tartan and Totino-Grace 3-1 and losing to St. Michael-Albertville 3-0.
Oujiri has 17 kills, and Stichter has 14 in three matches. Senior setter Kennedy Nelson has 22 assists, and junior setter Elliana Techam has 15. Quan and Techam each have two aces, as well.
Bauer leads Osseo with 21 digs, and Oujiri (18) and Quan (10) also have double-digit digs.
“We are a good passing and serving team. Our ball control will make it frustrating for teams to play us,” Burian said. “Our key players are all seniors, making each of them play with more heart. We are working on our consistency in a few positions. We are also looking to improve our defense as the season goes on.”