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Posen beats Atlanta at home

October 18, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer ( , The Alpena News

POSEN-The Posen volleyball team hosted a Spike Out Cancer benefit Thursday against Atlanta and both teams wore different shades of pink to show their support of the fight against cancer.

The match ended up being a close one in many respects, but Posen ended up winning three games to one.

The first game was a harbringer of things to come for the rest of the match. Posen led 5-1 early off the serving of Anna Couture. Couture had three aces on the night. However Atlanta rallied to tie the game at 8-8.

The game stayed neck and neck until Atlanta began pulling away, leading 15-11 at one point. Posen eventually pulled ahead 19-18 thanks in part to Kari Ataman who had two aces on the night. The stretch also included a streak of serves by Korynn Hincka and Kristina Wisniewski.

Hincka had 10 kills on the night.

The second game showed a Posen team that began to struggle as Atlanta adjusted to Hincka's spikes. Atlanta took an 11-7 lead and Posen struggled during this game with many uncharacteristic hitting mistakes and lots of digs from Atlanta's back row against punishing Hincka spikes.

Posen quickly found themselves behind 19-10, but the Vikings began to find a little bit more success with two serves by Austin Sharpe and three straight points to put the game at 24-14 before Atlanta won the game 25-14.

Sharpe had three aces on the night.

The next game showed Posen coming out and hitting hard. Sharpe served for four straight points to jump Posen's lead to 8-3. Atlanta's Kayla Durocher tried her own rally but it was cut short and interrupted by a four point Hincka rally which brought the game 13-6.

Posen continued to dominate the game with Mercedes Kowalski getting four straight service points to bring the game 18-7. Kowalski had two aces and three kills on the night. At this point, the Vikings were unstoppable and they won the game 25-13, allowing only six more points to their seven.

The fourth game showed the continued dominance of a now confident Posen team. Atlanta played very hard to counteract Posen but Hincka got her groove back as she began knocking down kill after kill. A four-point scoring streak by Ataman didn't help Atlanta as the pulled away from a two-point, 9-7 lead to lead 13-7.

However, Atlanta wasn't ready to give up just yet. The Huskies came out swinging with seven straight points, six of which came during the serves of Brandy Baker. Atlanta now lead 14-13.

It was the first and last time Atlanta led in the game. Posen answered back with streaks by Couture and Sharpe that brought the score up to 21-15. Durocher tried to fight back with four points during her serves but was cut short by a Posen score, bringing the game 22-19.

A back and forth blitzkrieg of scoring occurred that tied the game at 23-23 off the steady serves of Atlanta's Lindsey Follette. Posen knocked down the last two points to win, 25-23.

Posen travels to Au Gres on Tuesday.



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