Owatonna Volleyball Rallies Past Farmington, Advances to Semifinals
The Huskies upset Farmington on Friday night 3-2 in the section quarterfinals. Owatonna High School will play at Rochester Mayo on Thursday, November 5, in the semifinals.
The match started with Farmington dropping Owatonna 25-7. The Huskies roared to a 25-16 victory in the second set. Some close calls went against Owatonna in the third set and Farmington grabbed the 29-27 win. OHS bounced back with a 25-17 win in the fourth set and won the fifth set 15-12.
Huskies coach Jason Kaytor said the players' job was to focus on what they could control when a couple of calls went against them. Owatonna built a good lead in the fifth set, which is a big key in winning that short set.
Sydney Schultz had 18 kills for the Huskies. Carli Langeland added 17 kills and turned in another solid performance while being named the Kottke Jeweler's Diamond Player of the Match. Lexi Langeland had a big set assist total. Tori Urch, Elise Oppegard and Karissa Gregory all had key kills.
Kaytor was thrilled with the great fan turnout for the match, saying the Huskies had more fans in the gym than the home team Tigers.
Owatonna (18-11) faces Big Nine champion Rochester Mayo (25-2) at 7PM Thursday, November 5, at the Mayo gym. Lakeville South (24-5) hosts Winona (19-9). The winners meet Saturday, November 7, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.