Showing them the way
POSEN-The Posen volleyball team hosted Oscoda’s first North Star League game on Thursday and showed the Owls that the North Star League isn’t a pushover league by winning a tight five-set match 25-18, 19-25, 14-25, 25-15 and 15-13.
“I’m definitely proud of the girls for coming out and facing Oscoda and showing them that the North Star League is a tough league and not one you can just join and start winning in,” Posen coach Michelle Mulka said.
This was Posen’s first win of the season. The Vikings are 1-3 overall and in the North Star League. Oscoda is 0-2 and 0-1 in league play.
Posen took a quick lead in the first set, pulling ahead 6-1. Mercedes Kowalski served for five points. The Owls fought back to a 7-6 spread, but the Vikings continued to pull ahead, led by the play of Korynn Hincka, Ashley Meyers and Austin Sharpe.
Hincka led both offensively and defensively with 12 kills and 15 blocks, Meyers had seven aces and five digs and Sharpe had three kills, three digs and two aces.
The Vikings never lost the lead in the first set and won 25-18.
Posen stormed out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but the Owls started to answer back. The Vikings led 11-5, but the Owls went on an eight-point scoring streak to take a 13-12 lead. Asia Frei served for seven points.
Frei led Oscoda offensively with 11 kills.
The Owls fought to a 17-12 lead and although the Vikings did their best to catch up, it was too little too late as Oscoda won 25-19. Paige Senn had three kills and four aces for the Owls while Lauren Skidmore picked up three kills.
Oscoda jumped out to a 7-4 lead against Posen in the third set, as the Vikings struggled to create effective volleys.
“We just stopped communicating in (the second and third) games. Communication is so important in volleyball and they just fell apart during those games,” Mulka said.
Posen dropped the third set 25-14 in the biggest loss of the night.
The Owls took a quick lead in the fourth set, pulling ahead 3-0 on the serves of Allyson Ridgway. Ridgway picked up two kills for the night.
However, a seven-point scoring streak by Meyers gave Posen a 7-4 lead. Monica Bartz then pulled a six point scoring streak at 14-10 to pull the Vikings ahead 20-10. Bartz had three kills, three blocks and three aces on the night. The Owls were never able to recover and lost 25-15, forcing the fifth set.
Posen came out hard in the fifth set 4-0, with Meyers serving for six straight points.
“The girls were down after the second and third games, so I tried to make some jokes with them on the sidelines to lighten them up and get them back to who they are. A little bit of humor goes a long way with these girls, and they came out excited in the fourth and fifth games,” Mulka said.
The Owls weren’t ready to give up yet, and they narrowed Posen’s 9-3 lead to 10-9, off the serves of Carley Brown and Senn. The Vikings kept answering back and although the Owls briefly took a 13-12 lead, Posen scored the last three points for a 15-13 win.
“We did not communicate well at all tonight. You have to communicate in volleyball to pick up wins,” Oscoda coach Laura Franklin said.
Posen travels to Grayling on Saturday for tournament play and go to Hillman on Thursday. Oscoda hosts a Saturday tournament.
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