Alcona uses defense to sweep Vikings
LINCOLN-The Alcona volleyball team never stopped playing hard on Tuesday.
The Tigers used strong defensive play and balanced it with strong offense when it counted most to collect a sweep over Posen in a North Star League matchup at Alcona High School.
Alcona won 25-13, 25-22 and 25-22.
The two sides traded points in the final set before a pair of kills by Korynn Hincka gave the Vikings a 15-9 lead. With Posen ahead, 16-10, Alcona got the ball back and took control from there.
With Alissa Terpstra serving, the Tigers scored the next six points and ended the set on a 15-4 run. A pair of aces from Terpstra helped tie the set at 16 and Alcona closed the match with a 6-2 run that included three consecutive aces from Karina Cole and a kill each from Sierra Forsythe and Cassie Carpenter.
“The consistency behind the serving line really helped when it counted,” Alcona coach Kristi Arnold said. “We were down six points and Alissa made some huge serves to get us back into that game. Sierra Forsythe had some nice hits from the outside.”
Forsythe led Alcona offensively with six kills and Cole had five aces. Katelyn Nelson had 15 assists and Sam Zerbst had nine digs.
Posen rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second set to knot the set at 20. From there however, the Vikings were hurt by some mistakes and a key block from Carpenter and Forsythe.
Not being able to find a rhythm offensively hurt the Vikings all night. Hincka led Posen with seven kills, but was the only consistent threat to Alcona’s defense. Even so, Alcona was able to block several of Hincka’s attacks.
“Our team’s not playing together. They need to start working together more because the teams that are showing up for games, aren’t my teams that are showing up for practice,” Posen coach Michelle Mulka said. “They’re a lot better than they’re showing.”
Hincka also had a block and two aces. Mercedes Kowalski had six assists and one ace and Austin Sharpe had two aces and a kill.
The Vikings fell behind in the first game and a late five-point run gave Alcona a 24-11 lead after a kill from Forsythe. Posen got a few points back before Carpenter won a battle in front of the net to give Alcona the set.
“I’m very excited for the girls. I think they came out and played hard,” Arnold said. “They definitely had some moments where they didn’t pass the ball like they needed to or weren’t as aggressive on the net as they needed to be, but overall they never gave up and they were energetic and had a great attitude throughout the night.”
Alcona’s JV team defeated Posen 26-24 and 25-11.
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