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A nice way to start

Posen volleyball team sweeps Hale in season opener

September 4, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer ( , The Alpena News

POSEN-The Posen volleyball team did not disappoint coach Erin Riopelle in its season-opening sweep of the Hale Eagles on Tuesday. The Vikings held Hale to under 15 points in each game during a match that lasted just three games.

"They were fantastic, they did a great job," Riopelle said. "Our goal was to be energetic and dominant and we achieved that goal tonight."

Posen dominated the first game with a score of 25-11. Hale tried to create a scoring run but was held to a point or two each time. Hale was dominated by Posen's Korynn Hincka who scored an impressive eight kills for the match.

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Posen’s Ashley Meyers (7) sets the ball over the net as Kari Ataman (5) watches. Posen defeated Hale in its season opener on Tuesday, beating the Eagles 25-11, 25-9 and 25-13.

Hincka led the team in kills but was followed up nicely by Monica Bartz with four kills. Riopelle singled out Bartz as having a particularly impressive night.

"I was really happy with Monica tonight," Riopelle said. "She played more aggressively than she had been lately at practice. It was nice to see her open up and play hard like that."

Posen dominated the second game with a solid six-point serving streak from Hincka and a four-point serving streak from Austin Sharpe. Hale tried its best to keep up but after an early four-point scoring streak, ended up losing the game 25-9.

Hale did come to life in the third game with a three-point serving streak that was answered by Posen with a four-point serving streak from Ashley Meyers. After 21 volleys, Posen was ahead 11-10 in a much more evenly fought game. However, Kari Ataman had an impressive seven-point serving streak that disrupted Hale's momentum. The game and the match ended with a five-point serving streak from Meyers. The final score was 25-13, with Hale scoring only three points to answer Posen's 15 the rest of the way.

Meyers ended the match having earned an impressive eight aces. She was matched by Anna Couture with eight aces of her own as well as 11 assists. Riopelle attributed her team's success to their work ethic.

"All those extra workout sessions during the summer really helped," she said.

However, Riopelle still saw some room for improvement from her squad.

"We need to work more with our passers," she said. "We have some slip-ups in the passing department that could hold us back in the future."

Posen plays in Mio next Tuesday with the JV match starting at 6 p.m.



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