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Down to the wire

Alpena volleyball team overcomes mistakes, holds on to beat Ogemaw in Big North opener

August 22, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer ( , The Alpena News

The Alpena Wildcats volleyball team got all it could handle from Ogemaw Heights on Monday.

The Wildcats and the Falcons found themselves tied after four games and game five saw the teams fighting neck and neck, answering each other back in a call-and- response manner.

However, Alpena was able to squeak ahead with a score of 15-13 to win the match.

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Alpena’s Mikaela Overton prepares to hit the ball over the net as Ogemaw’s Hailey Gildner gets ready to block during a volleyball game on Wednesday at Alpena High School.

In spite of the win, Alpena coach Melissa Doubek saw a few problems with her team's performance.

"We made a lot of service errors," Doubek said, "As well as some uncharacteristic thinking problems. Our serving got us into a lot of trouble tonight. Brenna (Bourdage) was able to get a key block late in the last game to help us win."

The first game of the match started out five to four with Alpena leading before Ogemaw went on an 11-1 run. Alpena started their own 10 point streak immediately afterwards with freshmen Isabelle O'Neil serving for each of these points. The game stayed close until the very end, with Ogemaw pulling ahead to win 25-23.

The second game went much better for the Wildcats. Junior Logan Myers and senior Ami Milligan had impressive four-point streaks as servers while O'Neil had added her own three- point streak. Alpena won this game 25-14.

Bourdage led Alpena with 20 kills, 10 blocks and eight digs. Junior Emma Strong knocked down 11 kills. Myers contributed seven kills and nine digs. Milligan contributed four kills as well as two digs, nine blocks and an impressive 34 assists. Junior Mikaela Overton and senior Nicole Ross also added each and O'Neil hammered down two aces.

Game three was very similar to game two for Alpena. There were several scoring streaks during this period with senior Alie Sherwin serving a four-point streak. Alpena finished nine points ahead with a score of 25-16.

Alpena experienced a slight downturn at the beginning of game four. Five of the first six points went quickly to Ogemaw. However, Milligan began a seven-point serving streak that put Alpena up by one. Alpena was up 14-9 when Ogemaw tied the game with a five-point streak. Ogemaw ultimately won the fourth game 25-16.

Doubkek sees a lot of promise in her team despite a few blips in their performance.

"We work really well together as a team," she said.



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