ROGERS CITY-An old cliche says it's tough to beat a team three times in a season.
The Rogers City volleyball team had already beaten Posen three times entering Wednesday's Class D district semifinal and made it a fourth time by sweeping the Vikings, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-17.
The win puts Rogers City in the district final at 6 p.m. on Friday against Onaway with a chance to win a district title on its home floor.
News Photo by James Andersen
Rogers City’s Cassidy Purgiel hits a ball over the net as Posen’s Monica Bartz goes up to block during a Class D volleyball district semifinal on Wednesday in Rogers City.
Rogers City came out hitting hard and kept it up for most of the night, but made some errors that gave Posen some easy points and the Hurons found themselves battling a solid Posen defensive effort.
"They gave us quite a little battle. It came down to a battle; they were picking up a lot of stuff and playing good defense," Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said.
The two sides played to a 5-5 stalemate early in the first set, but Rogers City's pulled ahead for good with a 9-0 run. With Alexa Quaine playing well at the service line, Rogers City's front row went to work as Sarah Meredith and Cassidy Purgiel picked up on Posen's mistakes and knocked down easy tips.
Meredith had five kills and Purgiel had four kills and five aces.
Korynn Hincka helped Posen climb back into the set with a block and a tip as part of a five-point stretch, but Posen struggled to contain the Hurons' front row the best of the way as Meredith and Courtney Streich were among those who collected kills.
Streich finished with six kills and five aces; Jena Tulgestke had five kills and two blocks and Alexa Quaine had seven kills, 22 digs and five aces.
Hincka led Posen (14-10) with three kills and four blocks.
Despite the loss, Posen coach Michelle Mulka was proud of her team's efforts.
"They played really hard and I'm proud of them," Mulka said. "I'm really happy with the way the girls played (all year). They were in every game they played, but the scores didn't always reflect their hard work."
Kayla Lenard added eight digs for Posen, Ashley Meyers had six digs, Monica Bartz had five digs and Elizabeth Mulka had two aces and a kill.
In spite of their strong defensive efforts, Quaine said her team made just as many errors and will need to correct them before Friday. Quaine attributed some of those errors to the defensive efforts of Hincka and Posen's front row.
Now Rogers City will turn its attention to Onaway which got the better of the Hurons last week at the Presque Isle Championships. Despite being swept, Rogers City played the Cardinals close and kept all three matches to within at least five points.
"I thought we had a great match. They picked up a lot of stuff, but we came out hard," Quaine said. "Our blocking was working and we had some tight games."
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