With the momentum of recent victories, the Ogilvie Lions varsity volleyball team is looking to come on strong at the end of the season and positioning themselves for Section playoffs.
“We’re a young team,” said head coach Pam Nickles. “But we’ve played well against some very good teams, and we’ve never gotten blown out.”
After 16 matches the Lions hold a 4-12 record, fifth place in Section 5 A North A and seventh in the Great River Conference. On Saturday, Sept. 21 they won three matches out of four to take second place at the Northland Tournament in Remer. The team also defeated East Central 3-0 on Monday, Sept. 30.
“We’ve been trying to stay positive. I’ve been changing things up in practices almost daily, trying to find new drills; we’ve found a couple that we really like, and they’re starting to pay off,” said Nickels. “In past years we’ve been able to turn things around after a couple of wins.”
The Lions travel to Pine City on Tuesday, Oct. 2. They host McGregor on Monday, Oct. 7, and travel to Isle on Tuesday, Oct. 8 before closing out the regular season at home on Tuesday, Oct. 15 against Braham. “I definitely see some more victories in our remaining games,” Nickels said. “The powerhouse teams in Section 5A are also having some setbacks, and the girls are starting to see what they’re capable of,” Nickles said.
“What really matters is how we’re playing at the end of the season.”