Alcona’s clean sweep
POSEN-The Posen volleyball team (5-3) looked like it had a chance to tie its Thursday matchup with Alcona at 1-1 with a 20-11 lead in the second set.
But 16 points later, Alcona had won the set 25-22 and went onto the win the third set 25-19 to sweep the Vikings in a North Star League tilt. Alcona (5-2) also won the first set 25-16.
“My girls didn’t come out to play like they wanted it. Alcona came to win and they walked away with it because my girls didn’t play with the intensity they should,” Posen head coach Michelle Mulka said.
Ashley Meyers started the second set off with two quick aces while Korynn Hincka picked up a kill to give Posen a 3-0 lead. Alcona tied it up 7-7 during the serves of Cheyenne Parkinson, but Posen scored the next 11 out of 12 points to take an 18-8 lead.
Hincka picked up another kill during this scoring streak, while Monica Bartz picked up an ace.
Hincka had seven kills and five blocks for the night, while Meyers had three aces and three assists.
Alcona started answering back slowly but Posen kept a consistent lead until the Vikings were ahead 21-13.
Karina Cole then served during eight consecutive points to tie up the match at 21-21. Sierra Forsythe picked up a few kills during this streak, but team play ultimately drove Alcona’s comeback.
“I’m very excited for the girls. They played tough and they had to make a huge comeback in the second set and they stuck together and played great team ball and got the job done,” Alcona head coach Kristi Arnold said.
Posen seemed stunned during this comeback and couldn’t string together enough points for the victory.
“The girls just stopped communicating (in the second set) and their level of intensity completely dropped. They didn’t seem like they wanted it. They wanted it in the beginning and then they just stopped,” Mulka said.
The second set could have been the turning point for the Vikings, after a tough first set. Alcona took an 11-6 lead and stayed ahead of the Vikings.
Cole picked up several aces during a solid serving streak late in the set while Sam Zerbst stepped up defensively. Zerbst was particularly effective during Hincka’s attacks, making several diving saves.
The Vikings came out strong again in the third set with Hincka picking up two kills to give them a 2-1 lead. The set stayed tight for the first eight points, with a 4-4 tie. Kayla Lenard played strong defense that seemed to stymie the attacks of the Tigers.
Lenard had two assists and one dig for the night.
Alcona started to answer back with small scoring streaks that slowly widened its lead. The Tigers pulled ahead of the Vikings until they had a 16-11 lead.
Elizabeth Mulka helped narrow the lead by serving during a three-point Posen streak and served an ace. However, the Tigers continued to score and picked up a 25-19 win.
This win contrasted sharply with Alcona’s four-set loss to Hillman on Tuesday.
“We’ve been talking about our focus and getting prepared for a game and mentally set so they’re ready and tough mentally and physically to come out and play well,” Arnold said.
Posen plays Saturday in the Mackinaw Island tournament. Alcona plays Tuesday against Whittemore-Prescott.
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