Au Gres tops Posen volleyball in five sets
News Sports Editor
POSEN-The Au Gres volleyball team was just a little better than Posen on Thursday night.
The Wolverines rallied from a 2-1 deficit and defeated the Vikings 3-2 in five sets at Posen High School, 26-24, 8-25, 20-25, 25-17 and 15-11.
That was one of the (most fun) games we’ve ever played,” Au Gres coach Jeri Christie said.
Cassidy Boensch had seven kills and seven blocks for the Wolverines, who rallied from a five-point deficit early in the final set. Posen started the set on a 6-1 run, but the two team soon found themselves fighting for every point.
Posen’s Korynn Hincka led Posen in the final set with two blocks, two kills an ace, but the Wolverines countered with a strong defensive stand and capitalized on some mistakes by the Vikings. A kill and an ace from Hincka gave Posen a 10-9 lead, but Au Gres ended up winning the set and the match with a 6-1 run to end it.
Au Gres fell behind midway through the fourth set, but climbed back into it with a 7-0 stretch that gave the Wolverines a 12-8 lead. From there Au Gres mixed timely offensive plays with some points on Posen mistakes to stay comfortably ahead the rest of the way.
Boensch was Au Gres’ most consistent offensive threat all night and found herself locked in battles with Hincka at the net in a matchup of two 6-footers.
“Every game I do believe we got down by six or seven points. We know we have the talent and I’m just trying to encourage them and trying to get them as far as they can take it,” Christie said. “Posen did a great job.”
Posen appeared to be on the verge of taking the match with stellar wins in the second and third sets. The Vikings had six aces in the second set and played their best set of the night, turning up the pressure on Au Gres offensively. A 7-0 run midway through the set included three aces from Austin Sharpe, a tip from Monica Bartz and a kill from Ashley Meyers.
A late 8-0 run helped the Vikings rally back in the fourth set and Posen ended the set on a 7-1 run to go up 2-1.
Au Gres came back from a six-point deficit in the opening set with a 7-1 run of it’s own. Later on the two sides played to a 22-22 tie and then a 24-all tie. Au Gres finally pulled out the set when Posen hit the ball four times without clearing its side of the net.
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