CEDAR RAPIDS -- Osage had Class 3A's top-ranked Sioux Center volleyball team on the ropes, but was unable to deliver the knockout blow Thursday afternoon inside the U.S. Cellular Center.
Sioux Center rallied from two sets down to defeat Osage and advance into the championship match, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-10, 15-8.
After hitting .297 or better during the first three sets, Osage managed just 13 kills versus 12 attack errors over the final two sets.
"This was not typical of us – we have been so efficient all season," Osage coach Andie Olson said. "I also think they did some things that put us out of our comfort zone and forced us to do some things we don’t normally do."
Senior Kelsey Havel led Osage with 16 kills and 11 digs. Sydney Midlang and Brenna Jacobs each had 14 kills and Rylie Olson distributed 49 assists for a Green Devils team that finished the season 26-10.
Sioux Center (34-5) was paced by 17 kills from Alexis Toering, while Makennah Traver added 16 kills on .500 hitting. The Warriors hit .353 or better as a team in each of the final three sets.
"It is just a game of momentum, and the girls were saying that themselves," Sioux Center coach Julie Oldenkamp said. "We were doing things uncharacteristically in the first two sets."
"Once we loosened up, it was a new game. It’s always fun to watch the girls come back from being behind and then play an entirely different game."