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POSEN-Normally if a team ends up on the losing side of a close game, there's something to be disappointed about.
But that wasn't the case for the Posen volleyball team on Monday, even though the Vikings lost to Oscoda in five games, 25-14, 21-25, 26-24, 18-25 and 13-15 at Posen High School.
After three games the Vikings were ahead to 2-1, but the Owls rallied with a couple of long point streaks in the fourth game and came up with points when it counted most in the final game.
"It was a great match. I'm not disappointed in my girls at all," Posen coach Erin Riopelle said.
Posen found itself ahead 6-3 early in the fourth game, but Oscoda rallied back as the Vikings had trouble with serve reception and watched the Owls put together streaks of nine and five points to take a 17-9 lead later on. Korynn Hincka rallied Posen with a couple of kills down the stretch, but the Vikings simply couldn't overcome the deficit.
The final game was a tight one and neither team led by more than three points. After the Owls pulled ahead 11-8, Posen answered back with the next three points, which included an ace from Mercedes Kowalski. Posen pulled ahead 13-12 late after a kill from Monica Bartz, but Oscoda took the next three points and the match after a tip from Kaylee Charters, an ace from Brittany Keathley and a missed tip from Hincka, which gave the Owls the win.
Hincka led Posen with 14 kills and three blocks; Kowalski had seven aces; Ashley Meyers had three aces and three kills; Bartz had five kills and Danielle Rhode had three kills.
The Vikings got off to an early start in the opening game, taking a 7-1 lead and cruising most of the way as Oscoda couldn't mount any resistance.
The second match was pretty even, but the Owls simply scored more points when it counted, fending off some strong play up front from Hincka and Rhode.
Posen seemed to awaken in the third match, getting out to a commanding 8-0 lead, before Oscoda steadily began to rally back and eventually tied the game at 15. Posen fell behind 24-22 late in the game, but Rhode helped key a four-point stretch for the Vikings that ultimately gave them the game.
The Vikings host Mio on Thursday and Riopelle said her team will be looking to even the season series between the two schools after the Thunderbolts swept Posen in the first meeting.
"The intensity and effort that we put in tonight, we have to carry it in to Thursday because when we played them the last time, not that I'm making excuses, but the majority of my team was sick," Riopelle said. "If we take the energy and intensity we had today and the diving, the digging, the blocking and put it in to Thursday, we'll be fine."
Posen's JV team beat Oscoda 2-1 by scores of 25-22, 23-25 and 15-5.