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Hillman topped at home by Alcona

October 2, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer ( , The Alpena News

HILLMAN- Coaches and players have expectations for the teams they play against. The Hillman volleyball team believed that it would play better at home than it did during a 3-1 loss against Alcona on Tuesday.

Hillman head coach Erin Brege expressed disappointment over deflated expectations.

"I was expecting a little bit more, there was a lack of drive from my girls tonight," Brege said. "Many of the girls I expect that aggression from was lacking and we need that aggression from everybody."

The first game in the match was neck and neck. Hillman's Alissa Jones started the game strong with five straight service points after Hillman briefly trailed. Alcona's Ashley Shutes answered back with her own three-point scoring streak to lead Hillman 7-6.

Jones had 13 service points, five kills and seven digs on the night.

A series of back-and-forth scoring followed with Hillman briefly taking the lead and Alcona answering back. Hillman knocked the ball out of bounds several times to bring the game to 23-20. Abby Olree then served for five straight points to win Hillman's only game of the night, 25-23.

Olree had seven kills, 11 digs and five aces for the night.

Hillman took an early 4-0 lead in the second game, led by three serves from Jones. After Alcona scored, Shutes once again answered back with two points of her own to bring the score to 4-3 and the teams eventually battled to an 18-18 tie later on.

Alcona battled back hard and won the next seven out of eight points to win the game 25-19.

The wind seemed to leave Hillman's sails at the beginning of the third game as Alcona gained momentum. It scored 18 of the first 26 points of the game to lead Hillman 18-8.

Jones stepped up to the plate and knocked down four points, including two aces to narrow the gap to 18-13.

Alcona answered back heavily, scoring four of the next six points to come within three points of winning at 22-15. Hillman scored the next point and then Chelsey Painter started a four-point scoring streak that included an ace to once again narrow Alcona's lead to 22-19.

This was as close as Hillman got as Alcona scored the next three points to win 25-19 once again.

Hillman took an early lead of four points in the fourth game that Alcona quickly narrowed. Alcona's Victoria Keerl had a four-point scoring streak while Carly Mitchell had her own five point streak.

Hillman answered back late, but Alcona eventually pulled away for a 25-21 win.

In spite of the loss, Brege had kind words to say about Kourtney Boldrey.

"Kourtney did very good tonight and played very dominantly," she said.

Mitchell led Alcona with 10 kills and was one of several players with four aces. Sam Zerbst added five digs and Shutes and Nicole Smith were also among those with four aces

Hillman hosts Au Gres on Thursday and Alcona hosts Oscoda.



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