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No revenge for Tigers

October 13, 2009
The Alpena News


News Sports Writer

HILLMAN - The last time the Hillman Tigers faced mighty Atlanta, they were spanked 3-1 in Atlanta's gym.

This time around, the Tigers looked to get revenge at home.

However, their effort to do so Tuesday night, was plagued by missed serves and at times out of sync play. The Huskies controlled the floor and tempo most of the game, and it was enough to get the job done to sweep the Tigers 3-0 at Hillman High School.

"We were hoping to step up," said Hillman's Courtney Jones. "We could have easily had that one. We always play as a team and tonight we didn't, so that's very upsetting.

"We were not pumped up at all. There was no intensity and it needed to be there. We lost it tonight and that's what bought us down."

After dropping the first set 25-23, Jones caught the Huskies defense napping and went for the kill to pull the Tigers within one in the second. A net violation by the Huskies put the score at 4-4. As both teams traded points back and fourth Hillman struggled in the backcourt and Atlanta kept hitting them where it hurt and took the set 25-22.

Facing a 2-0 hole, the Tigers took advantage of the Huskies' sloppy play in the third set for a 17-16 lead. A kill by the Huskies' Shanna Janiga forced the Tigers to call a timeout. The play shifted the momentum as the Huskies began to pull away for a 25-22 win.

Huskies coach Amy Corbin knows its tough for opponents to come into Hillman's gym and get a win, and she was happy with the way her team handled the pressure.

"Hillman came out with a lot of energy," Corbin said. "It's always hard to beat Hillman on their home court. Their crowd certianly helps, and we were glad to take it away from them at their home court."

Though Corbin's team got the win, she thought her girls could have played a lot better.

"We played sloppy ball," she said. "We didn't attack the ball as much as we normally do."

For the match, Hillman's Amber Kolcan tallied eight kills, and eight digs. Jones finished with nine blocks and seven service points. Alissa Clink tallied 13 assists for the night.

The Tigers will began preparing for Fairview on Thursday. Head coach Erin Fleming said her team has many areas to work on, with energy and serves at the top of the list.

"Tonight was a hard loss," Fleming said. "They were coming in with a different perspective, but had a different outcome, of course. We definitely have some things to work on, but there's more games and we're going to keep playing."



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