SIREN—“It was an emotional night for the Siren volleyball family. Not only was it parents’ night and senior night, but the mother of a Siren varsity senior had just passed away the day before,” Pirates head coach Deb Allaman-Johnson said. “We were all amazed at Julia’s strength and composure. The support from the fans was very touching, with both towns and teams choosing to honor Julia’s mother Georgia with pink attire.”
“My athletes received word the night before, and quickly asked our fans to wear pink, made pink hair ribbons for the team, and ordered flowers. I’m proud of their compassion and thoughtfulness.”
“It isn’t really like the old days when towns were rivals that were often either strangers or bitter enemies. These days, these kids are all connected. Athletes from competing schools are often friends on social media and in real life as well as teammates in the off-season. And of course, friendship and care after such a deep loss always transcend the competitiveness of sport.”
In the midst of all of the emotions of the night, there was a volleyball game to be played. The Pirates came away with a 3-0 sweep of their neighbors by scores of 25-8, 25-12 and 25-13.
The Dragons recorded 13 kills on the night with Hannah Lemieux leading the way with five of those. Karlee Sybers was right on her heels with four kills of her own. Cassie Maslow, Hannah Mangelsen, Jade Horstman and Julia Cederberg tallied one kill each. Rylee O’Brien was the assist leader for the Dragons with nine for the night.
Siren served up three aces on the night — one each from Horstman, O’Brien and Kyleigh Lightfeather.
Sybers had the only block of the match for the Dragons.
For Grantsburg, middle hitter Olivia Ohnstad led her Pirates with 10 kills. Linda Harmon added seven kills and Hanne Johnson four. Randi Siebenthal, Olivia Brock and Rachel Tooze had three kills each.
Charli Siebenthal was the assist leader with 14 followed by McKenzie Rombach with six and Ellie Duncan with five.
Jenna McNally tallied 17 digs on the night to lead the team defensively. Randi Siebenthal had 11 digs with Harmon, Ohnstad and Kaitlin Olson recording four digs each.
Johnson led the team in blocks with three, while Ohnstad and Brooke Quimby had two each.
The Dragons are done with the regular season, and are off until Tuesday when they will host Lake Holcombe in the opening round of Regional playoff action. Game time is 7 p.m.
For the Pirates, they finish up conference play on Thursday night as they travel to Unity for a 7:15 p.m. game. On Saturday, they will head to Altoona for a tournament. They received the number one seed in Division 3 and will have a first round bye. They will host the winner of Cumberland vs Cameron on Thursday, October 18. Game time is 7:00 p.m.