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Alcona volleyball sweeps Fairview on Senior Night

October 16, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

LINCOLN-The Alcona volleyball team made a good showing on Senior Night.

After honoring their five seniors-Ashley Shutes, Nicole Smith, Carly Mitchell, Victoria Keerl and Samantha Mier, the Tigers pulled off a sweep against Fairview on Tuesday at Alcona High School, beating the Eagles 25-12, 25-13 and 25-8.

Alcona had to adjust to the Eagles' playing style at times, but made short work of its nonconference match, beating Fairview with a steady stream of aces and kills.

Shutes and Smith had seven aces each and Alcona had 26 aces for the night, something that head coach Kristi Arnold was pleased with as well as the Tigers' play for most of the night.

"I was proud of how they played at times. There were little lulls in our defense and offensive play at the net, but they came out and they worked as a team, everyone saw the court and they did a nice job," Arnold said.

Alcona jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the first game and didn't face much opposition the rest of the game, ending game on a 7-1 run that included a pair of aces from Shutes and three consecutive aces from Karina Cole.

Cole led Alcona with eight kills, Smith had 20 assists and Mitchell added four digs.

Fairview had trouble at times hitting the ball over the net and gave Alcona several easy points with short hits and serves. Still, the Eagles kept finding holes in Alcona's offense that forced the Tigers to adjust to the short hits and caught them out of position a few times.

"We were trying to adjust to what their offense was bringing to us and where they were setting up their attack, so obviously we wanted to get into a position where we could pull off a block or make a play defensively," Arnold said.

Cole helped Alcona begin the second game on an 8-0 run with a pair of kills. The Tigers added a six-point run later in the match after three aces from Smith, which gave them a 17-4 advantage.

The Tigers got out to a big lead again in the final game, taking a 9-1 lead and later an 18-5 lead after a 10-2 stretch.

Alcona is 6-6 in conference play and will play at Tawas tomorrow and at Hale on Thursday.



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