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Posen gets another NSL win with sweep of Atlanta

September 20, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

ATLANTA-It took awhile to get going, but once the Posen volleyball team kicked into gear, there was no stopping the Vikings on Thursday.

Posen rebounded from an uneven first game and took control in the final two games to beat Atlanta in a North Star League match at Atlanta High School by scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-6.

Korynn Hincka led Posen with six kills and three aces and Ashley Meyers added four kills and three aces.

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Posen’s Korynn Hincka (4) jumps up to hit the ball during the second game of a North Star League volleyball match against Atlanta on Thursday. Posen won the match in three games and Hincka had six kills.

The Vikings won the night's first game, but were very uneven in their play, prompting the Vikings' players to talk amongst themselves about picking up their game as a team.

"I think it was just them realizing that there was no reason they couldn't win, so they decided to kick it into gear," Posen coach Erin Riopelle said.

The confidence the Vikings displayed comes on the back of wins over Hillman and Alcona last week.

"I'm really happy. Hopefully they can keep it up," Riopelle said of her team's play.

After some back-and-forth scoring to open the second game, the Vikings seized control in the second game, breaking a 6-6 tie and nudging ahead 10-6 before steadily building on their momentum from there.

Atlanta had trouble in several areas during the match, most notably during the final game when the Huskies had trouble with serve reception and controlling the ball on their own end, giving Posen several easy points by hitting the ball out of bounds.

Posen used a pair of aces from Anna Couture and a kill from Hincka to build a 6-0 lead to open the final game. The Vikings' lead continued to build as they found themselves ahead 19-2 late in the match after a string of nine consecutive points. The only points the Huskies scored during this stretch were on serves that Posen hit out of bounds.

The Huskies rallied for a few more points near the end of the game on Posen miscues, but by then the lead was too great and Meyers finished the game and the match with an ace.

Monica Bartz added a pair of kills and a pair of aces for Posen and Couture had two aces.

Posen's JV team defeated Atlanta in three sets, winning 25-16, 25-15 and 15-12.

The Vikings were taken to four games last week against Alcona before finally prevailing by scores of 25-20, 25-8, 19-25 and 26-24.

Posen's JV team lost to Alcona 25-23, 23-25 and 10-15.



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