PR Tops Huntley; Osumn Headed to Seton Hall
Hess, Dave, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Dave Hess Daily Herald Correspondent
For the first time in 4 years, Prairie Ridge girls volleyball coach Stefanie Otto was forced to game plan without senior all- state setter Hillary Haen.
The Wolves proved they can still play at a high level without their star.
Led by Sarah Osmun's 9 kills the Wolves defeated Huntley 25-16, 25-15 in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division match in Huntley Thursday night.
"We knew we really had to step up it up without Hillary," said Osmun. "Everybody took on more responsibility and we really clicked offensively and defensively. Taylor Brauneis was fearless out there. She didn't play like a freshman."
Haen, who missed her first match in 4 years with a 103-degree temperature, will probably play this weekend at the Autumnfest Tournament held at Glenbard East.
"It was the first time in four years Hillary has missed a match," said Otto. "We certainly miss everything that she contributes, but a lot of kids really stepped up and contributed."
Osmun had plenty of help for the Wolves (23-5, 7-1) as Sondra Parys contributed 6 kills, Abbie Steiner delivered 5 kills and Ashley Doherty had 4 kills.
Brauneis, a freshman who filled the setter's position in Haen's absence, came up with 28 assists and had 3 kills.
"Hillary is a good player, but their freshman setter did a great job," said Huntley coach Michelle Jakubowski. "They don't have the same intensity without Hillary, but they still have a good team."
In both games, Huntley (16-10, 5-3) stayed close early only to have PR pull away late.
In Game 1, The Red Raiders knotted the score at 9 on a resounding kill by Meaghan Staley-Gamble. However, the Wolves controlled the rest of the way. A 9-0 run which produced an 18-9 PR lead was spearheaded by 3 kills apiece by Parys and Osmun and 2 kills from Steiner. …