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Onaway volleyball wins another P.I. title

October 24, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

ONAWAY-All season long the Onaway volleyball team has proven its one of the best teams in Division 4.

Wednesday night the Cardinals proved they were the best in Presque Isle County too.

Onaway swept Posen in three games in its first match and then defeated Rogers City 2-1 in the finals to win its second straight Presque Isle title. Since the inception of the tournament, the Cardinals have won it every title but one.

Onaway defeated Posen 25-6, 25-5 and 15-10 and beat the Hurons 25-15, 25-16 and 12-15.

The Hurons swept Posen 26-24, 25-21 and 15-6.

Mariah Ehrke led Onaway with 15 kills and set a new school record for most kills in a season. She also finished with two aces, 19 digs and three blocks.

Onaway (43-4-3) went neck-and-neck with Rogers City during a three-game match, but for most of the night, the Cardinals were in control.

"The girls came out against Posen and were firing really well on all cylinders," Onaway coach Steve Watson said. "We were in sync, playing together and playing hard, not taking any point for granted."

The Hurons played Onaway close in the opening finals game, but the Cardinals eventually found their groove two five-point runs midway through the match to pull ahead. Onaway jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the second game and remained in control from there despite some strong opposition from Rogers City.

Rogers City eventually pulled away from Onaway in the third game for a win. The Hurons made some changes headed into the championships on Wednesday and Hurons' coach Jackie Quaine was impressed with what she saw.

"I'm very happy where we're sitting, there's just a few little things we need to work on but I think we can give them a run in districts," Quaine said of Onaway.

Quaine also praised the play of Jena Tulgestke and Sarah Meredith who combined for 25 kills.

'She does (well) and now I've got Sarah Meredith coming on as our other outside (hitter) and she's hitting the ball well," Quaine said of Tulgestke.

The Hurons began the night with some stiff competition from Posen, but got the better of the Vikings in all three games. Rogers City used a variety of players up front and found a lot of success hitting shots from outside. Posen led 23-21 in the first game, but Rogers City rallied back and took a 23-21 lead. Posen pulled ahead again, 24-23, before a three-point stretch gave the Hurons the win.

Posen played Rogers City close in the next two games, but couldn't find an extra gear to pull out wins.

Onaway dominated the Vikings in the second match, pulling out to an 11-1 lead in the opening game and only rarely making mistakes for the Vikings to capitalize on. The Cardinals led 16-2 midway through the second game, thanks to a handful of aces from Sara Fullerton.

In the end, there wasn't a whole lot Posen could do to stop Onaway which moved the ball well and seemed to do everything right.

Korynn Hincka led Posen with four blocks and three kills and Austin Sharpe had four kills and a pair of aces.

"Against Rogers City we did very well and then going into playing Onaway, they knew things were going to be tough, but I think they thought about it too much," Posen coach Erin Riopelle said. "It got into their heads too much and they kind of shut down."

Megan Estep added 11 kills, three aces, 37 assists and six digs for the Cardinals; Devin Bristley had 13 kills, five aces and 12 digs; Fullerton had six kills, six aces and nine digs; Lexi Syzmoniak added six kills and 17 digs and Emily Estep had 14 digs.

For Rogers City, Cassie Brege had 36 assists; Lindsey Claus had 10 kills; Brooklyn Idalski had 20 digs and five aces; Rebecca Meredith had three aces and Alexa Quaine had three blocks.

Alcona goes 1-2 at HSC Tourney

WHITTEMORE-The Alcona volleyball team travelled to Whittemore on Wednesday to play in the Huron Shores Conference tournament. They played against Oscoda, Whittemore-Prescott and Tawas. They lost the first and third matches but won the second.

The first match against Oscoda went three games. Alcona lost 24-26, won 25-22 and lost the tie-breaker 10-15. The second game against Whittemore-Prescott went two games with Alcona winning 25-16 and 25-20. The third game against Tawas also went to three with scores of 18-25, 25-17 and 7-15.

Karina Cole had a big night with six aces, a team-high 13 kills and five blocks. Carly Mitchell had a strong defensive night with five blocks while Sam Zerbst led the team with 14 digs.



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