The Alpena High School volleyball team fought valiantly against Cadillac on Monday but came up short. The Wildcats lost the match in three tight games with the Vikings playing excellent defense against Alpena.
"They're an outstanding defensive team," Alpena coach Melissa Doubek said. "I think they're leading the conference right now. They played excellent defense tonight."
Alpena started the first game roughly, losing four straight points. They earned only three points out of the first 10 and couldn't slow down Cadillac's rallies of three and four points at a time.
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Isabelle O’Neil, center, goes for a dig while Taylor Genschaw and Alie Sherwin (9) get ready to respond during a volleyball match on Monday at Alpena High School. Alpena lost the match against Cadillac in three games.
Brenna Bourdage began a four-point scoring streak for Alpena that brought the game up to a six-point spread, but Cadillac ultimately won the game 25-17.
Alpena came out strong the second game with a call-and-response series of points that tied the game at two. However, a six-point serving streak by Cadillac's Alyssa Fisher brought the game up to 8-2.
The game continued in a call-and-response manner until Cadillac led 13-8. During the next volley, Alpena's Mikaela Overton dove to the floor to stop a spike and came up holding her hand in pain. She sat out the rest of the match, icing her wrist on the sideline.
Losing Overton, one of the dependable back bones of the Alpena team, seemed to ignite a spark in the Wildcats. The rest of the game was a neck-and-neck scoring exchange, highlighted by a three-point serving streak by Logan Meyers.
Meyers lead the team defensively with 15 digs.
By the end, Cadillac was up 24-19. Taylor Genschaw went on a three-point serving streak that brought Alpena within two of the Vikings. Unfortunately, the next point went to Cadillac and the game ended 25-22.
Genschaw lead the team offensively with 10 kills while Emma Strong had seven. Ami Milligan ended the match with 23 assists.
The third game featured a lot of call-and-response scoring and streaks of one to three points on each side, but Cadillac stretched its streaks out slightly longer, building a 23-16 lead.
A block by Myers brought the score to 23-17 with Cadillac scoring the next point.
The tension of being one point from losing brought out the best in the Wildcats as they scored six points in a row, including a five-point serving streak by Alie Sherwin to bring the score to 24-22.
Doubek pointed out Sherwin as doing particularly well in the match.
"Alie Sherwin was very strong in the back," she said.
In spite of the loss, Doubek was positive about her team's play.
"We had a lot of ups and downs, where we played excellently and then had some breakdowns," Doubek said. "We were in there the whole match and fought hard to the end. It could have gone much differently without those problems."
Petoskey hosts Alpena on Wednesday.
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