LINCOLN-After three tough losses last week, the Alcona volleyball team needed a convincing win to boost team spirit and it picked one up against Fairview on Tuesday in a Pink Out game, held to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.
The Tigers swept the Eagles 25-9, 25-14 and 25-11.
"We worked some things out in the Tawas tournament (last weekend). The girls faced some tough competition with Beaverton and Joburg, during which they worked some things out and played a really nice tournament. Tonight they just kept up with that routine," Alcona coach Kristi Arnold said.
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Alcona’s Sierra Forsythe (4) sets the ball while Katelyn Nelson (2) and Karina Cole (12) get into position in a Tuesday home matchup against Fairview. Alcona swept the Eagles 25-9, 25-14 and 25-11.
Both teams were decked out in full pink regalia and the game was played with pink balls. Arnold and her coaching staff dressed in pink shirts while fans on both sides dressed in pink to cheer on their teams.
In the first set, Fairview (2-10) started with a 2-0 lead, but Alcona (7-6) answered back with eight straight points. Kalie Zerbst served during seven of these points, picking up three aces.
Zerbst also had 12 assists on the night.
Sierra Forsythe later served during seven straight points, including five aces, to give Alcona a big 16-3 lead as the Eagles seemed to struggle balancing court coverage.
Forsythe had six aces on the night.
"We were more aggressive in covering the perimeter. tonight because that's where we lost last week against Oscoda. But tonight, we got beat in the middle. It's about finding that balance of knowing when to go out and when to go in," Fairview coach Stacy Ford said.
Although the Eagles continued to pick up a few points here and there, Alcona's point streaks pulled it ahead to a convincing 25-9 win.
The second set saw Alcona take a convincing 7-1 lead during the serves of Cheyenne Parkinson. Kills from Sydney Pierce and Karina Cole helped Alcona build the lead.
Cole had 10 kills and eight digs.
The Tigers continued to pull ahead till it took a 10-2 lead. The Eagles began playing together better as a team, picking up two straight points to narrow the spread 10-4. Especially effective were Andrea Ford and Logan Winton.
"It's taking our team a little too long to warm up and get going on the court," Ford said.
Fairview narrowed the lead to 15-10 with six straight points. In spite of more consistent volleying from the Eagles, Alcona was able to fend off any major comeback.
Fairview put up a solid fight with Alcona in the first six points of the third set, holding the Tigers to a 4-2 lead. The Tiger started to streak again, during the serves of Parkinson and Cole. The two of them served during 11 points out of 12 to take a convincing 15-3 lead on the Eagles.
In spite of strong defense, Fairview couldn't rally back. A late scoring streak by Logan Winton pulled the Eagles into double digits, but the Tigers took the win at 25-11.
"We played very well behind the serving line. The girls had a lot of tough serves, made some aces and they covered well defensively and made great passes," Arnold said.
Alcona travels to Atlanta on Thursday while Fairview travels to Atlanta on Monday for a Pink Out game.
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