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Mio keeps on rolling

Thunderbolts sweep Hillman in NSL match

October 18, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

.0HILLMAN-The Mio volleyball team continued its perfect run through the North Star League adding another win on Thursday after sweeping Hillman, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-16.

The Thunderbolts (8-0 NSL) cruised in the first game, eventually putting the game out of reach with a seven-point run that took the game from 8-6 to 14-6.

Hillman led for the early part of the second game, before Mio steadily climbed back into the contest and eventually overtook the Tigers with a six-point run that gave the Thunderbolts a 13-9 lead.

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Mio’s Jalen DeFlorio, left, hits the ball over the net as Hillman’s Jensen Tchorzynski and Allissa Jones attempt to block the attack during a volleyball match on Thursday at Hillman High School.

Mio coach Becky Smutek was happy to get another win, although she said her team made some silly errors in the second game.

"The second set was a little more than I wanted, but out of the league, they're the toughest competition the league has. We came out with a win, I'm happy with it," Smutek said. "The first set went our way, all the way. The third set, they were at 16 and we just do some silly things. Sometimes we want to hit and we're not aggressive."

Eden Hunt had five service points and eight digs and Jensen Tchorzynski had 12 kills and eight digs for Hillman.

Hillman rallied late in the second game and pulled with one point, 24-23, but Jalen DeFlorio finished off the match with a tip and an ace for Mio.

The Tigers fell behind in the final game, but rallied back with a late 8-1 stretch that brought the score to 15-13 prompted Smutek to call a timeout. Out of the break, Mio scored the next four points and ended the game on a 10-3 run to take the match.

Earlier in the final game, the Thunderbolts got a great play from libero Nona Rhoads. Hillman hit a ball that was headed out of bounds, but Kendra Byler kept the ball in and send it straight up in the air. As it came down Rhoads hit the ball with her forearm and set it over the net for a point, which gave Mio a 10-5 advantage.

Smutek praised the play of Rhoads who has rebounded well from a tore ACL injury.

"She's moving pretty good. She fills her shoes back there. She's an awesome libero. It was a great play," Smutek said. "It was basically shanked. Kendra brought it back in, but then Kendra put it back over. It was an awesome play."

Alcona 3, Hale 0

HALE-The Alcona volleyball team travelled to Hale Thursday and swept the Eagles in three games. The scores were 25-18, 25-15 and 25-9.

Nikki Smith led the team offensively with six aces and 21 assists. Karina Cole contributed seven kills. Carly Mitchell led the team offensively nine digs for the match.

Alcona plays at Joburg on Tuesday.

Rogers City 3,

Cheboygan 1

CHEBOYGAN-The Rogers City volleyball travelled to Cheboygan Wednesday and won in four sets. The scores for the games were 25-21, 25-21, 26-28 and 25-20.

Jena Tulgestke led the team offensively with 15 kills on the night. Lindsey Claus had 11 kills and four blocks and Courtney Streich had six kills, 17 assists and 15 digs.

Alexa Quaine led the team defensively with 16 digs. Brooklyn Idalski contributed 13 digs while Makayla Thompson had 12. Cassie Brege helped out with 11 digs and 11 assists.

Rogers City play at a tri-meet in Pellston that includes Pellston and Gaylord.


Traverse City Central 3, Alpena 0

TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena boys soccer team's season came to an end in a district semifinal on Thursday, after the Wildcats lost 3-0 to Traverse City Central.

The game was scoreless at halftime though Alpena nearly scored with 30 seconds left in the half and had another scoring chances 15 seconds later.

Central took control of the game in the second half and scored twice in the first ten minutes before adding another goal with 10 minutes to play.

Tim Storch called the game a microcosm of all the close games Alpena has lost this season, but was proud of the way his team finished the year.

"I'm proud of the boys. They played hard and our group of eight seniors really stepped up this year," Storch said. "We became a viable force to be reckoned with in the Big North."

Alpena finished the year with a 9-8-2 record.



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