Osseo got a big boost for its 2019 season from longtime Northwest Suburban Conference rival Maple Grove. Ali Hinze, a three-year starter for the Crimson from 2015-17, joined the Orioles’ lineup as a transfer on Sept. 1 and has been a leader for a team making a run at a league championship.
The Orioles (10-3, 6-0) take on defending Class 3A state champion Champlin Park (9-6, 5-0) in a matchup that could help decide who will win the Northwest Suburban title.
Hinze, a senior outside hitter committed to North Dakota State, leads the senior-heavy Orioles with 122 kills and 15 service aces.
"She has had a great impact on our team," Osseo coach Mandi Burian said. "Our team has needed her competitive edge."
Champlin Park’s six losses all have come against ranked teams as the No. 9-3A Rebels have regrouped after losing several key players from their championship team to graduation. Jordan Stalpes (174 kills), Sami Hilley (233 assists, 16 service aces) and Megan Panser (198 digs) lead the Rebels.