Posen VB hopes to show Oscoda the NSL ropes

POSEN-The Posen volleyball team (0-2, 0-2 North Star League) is looking for a win against the Oscoda Owls (0-1, 0-0 North Star League) tonight at 7:30 and is hoping to teach the newly inducted Owls how to swing in the North Star League.

“I’m hoping that the girls can show them that the North Star League is a tough league. You can’t just jump in and start playing. The league is tough, and nothing is easy. They’re going to have to show up and play hard to win,” Posen head coach Michelle Mulka said.

Mulka replaced the recently departed Erin Riopelle this year. She debuted as a coach on Tuesday, as the Vikings faced a loss against Alcona on Tuesday, falling 25-13, 25-22 and 25-20.

“I have a different team show up at practice than at games. They communicated so well in practice, but not in the game. I feel like they are communicating even better now in practice. You can’t win volleyball games without communicating, and if they can continue talking to each other like that, it should be a tough, hard fought match,” she said.

Unlike some other area teams, Posen did not play in any pre-season tournaments or invitationals.

Mulka is expecting a few players to step up to bring their team its first win of the season. Hincka led Posen offensively in the Alcona match, picking up seven kills, two aces and a block. Mercedes Kowalski had six assists and one ace while Austin Sharpe had two aces and a kill.

“Hincka is my tall girl and I’m hoping she can pick up some more blocks than she did in the last game. Ashley Meyers should come out with some better spikes and some more of her wicked serves. I also think Austin Sharpe could be a big factor. My defensive specialist (Amy Buchkowski) will definitely give some solid defensive support,” Mulka said.

The Owls went 19-10-3 last year in the Huron Shores Conference, losing in the district semi-finals to Tawas. They returned six seniors this year, including Khindra Clarke, Katie Scott, Carley Brown, Paige Senn, Brittany Keathely and Alyson Ridgeway. They have a total of 14 girls on their squad.

Oscoda is still something of a mystery to Posen and Mulka, as it is so new to the North Star League.

“I really don’t know Oscoda, I’ve never seen them play. I know that when I played at ACC, our two setters were from Oscoda. They were really good, adaptable players. I think if they’re an indication of Oscoda volleyball, then they (Oscoda) will be prepared for anything and will be able to adapt quickly to changes in the game,” she said.