The Huskies won the opening set in Rochester, but trailed 10-0 and 24-17 in the second set before putting together a great rally on the way to a 3-0 Big Nine Conference sweep.

Owatonna volleyball improved to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the Big Nine with a 25-20, 27-25, 25-23 win at Rochester John Marshall on Tuesday night.

OHS never trailed by more than two points in the opening set.

The Huskies made many hitting errors to begin the second set. John Marshall built the 10-0 advantage with only one kill. The Huskies got on a roll with spikes from Carli and Lexi Langeland. After pulling even at 15-15, Owatonna fell behind 24-17 but put together another rally that ended with Tori Urch smashing the set-clinching point in a 27-25 win. Karissa Hilstad came off the bench to contribute several digs.

The Huskies jumped out to 5-1 lead in the third set but fell behind once at 14-13. Owatonna won the see-saw set 25-23. Karissa Gregory had at least three kills and assisted on a block in the third set. Gregory was named the Kottke Jewelers Diamond Player of the Match.

John Marshall's big middle hitter Abol Barnaba had several big blasts for kills, but the Huskies also blocked her multiple times.

Owatonna hosts Winona on Thursday night at the OHS gym.

The Huskies boys soccer team edged Northfield on Tuesday 3-2. The girls soccer squad lost to the Raiders 1-0. OHS girls swimming lost at Austin 96-88.

On Wednesday, OHS hosts the annual homecoming powder puff football game. Action begins at 8PM at the OHS football stadium. Admission is a donation to the Steele County food shelf. Concessions will be available.

Thursday's Owatonna sports schedule includes home action for volleyball against Winona, boys soccer with Albert Lea and girls tennis against Mankato East. The OHS girls soccer team travels to Albert Lea and the cross country teams run in Bloomington.

The Huskies volleyball team prepares to receive a serve during action Tuesday night at Rochester John Marshall. Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media