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Rogers City volleyball team sweeps Alcona

September 11, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

LINCOLN-As most teams tend to do early in the season, the Rogers City volleyball team is still finding its identity and working on shoring up its lineup.

The Hurons took a major step forward on Tuesday toward working out some of their kinks.

Backed by a tough front row of players that only got stronger as the night went on, the Hurons swept Alcona, winning 25-11, 25-13 and 25-16 at Alcona High School.

Rogers City trailed briefly in the first game, but stayed ahead most of the night after that as the Tigers never seemed to find much of a rhythm offensively or defensively.

"The season is still young so we're still picking apart as far as solidifying positions. Passing was coming along tonight and the hitting was coming along tonight, so I thought they worked well together," Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said.

Alexa Quaine led off the night with two aces to give Rogers City an early advantage in the first game, but Alcona came back to take leads of 6-3 and 7-6; the only times the Tigers would be ahead all night.

Alcona had trouble playing the ball in the opening game and lost several balls in the ceiling lights, allowing Rogers City to score nine straight points for a 15-7 lead. The Hurons ended the game on a 5-0 run, which Quaine punctuated with three more aces.

Brooklyn Idalski helped the Hurons get out to a 4-0 lead in the second game and from there they were off and running. Alcona got within two points to make the score 8-6 early on, but a four-point stretch put Rogers City ahead 12-6 and from there it was steady the rest of the way.

Jena Tulgestke led Rogers City with nine kills and Lindsay Claus added four kills, five digs and a pair of blocks.

Claus and Tulgestke were among several Hurons' hitters who seem to come up with a key play at the right time.

"I've got some nice height to work with this year which is really nice. They are coming on now," Quaine said. "The setters are setting a little more consistently now and the hitters are coming on now for us and I liked the blocking too."

Alcona stayed with Rogers City in the early part of the final game, but a four-point run that included two aces from Rebecca Meredith put the Hurons ahead 9-4. After the Tigers got to within three, 16-13, later on, the Hurons responded with another four-point stretch that gave them a 21-13 lead and the momentum to finish the sweep.

Courtney Streich added four kills and 12 assists for Rogers City; Alexa Quaine and Megan Quaine each had five aces.



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