HILLMAN-After winning the first two games in a North Star League volleyball match against Atlanta on Thursday, it looked like Hillman was well on its way to a clean sweep.
The Huskies however had other plans and took the third game from Hillman before ultimately giving way to the Tigers in the fourth game to give Hillman the win (25-7, 25-12, 22-25 and 25-15).
Even so, Hillman coach Erin Brege gave the Huskies credit for their tenacity.
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Hillman’s Jensen Tchorzynski (2) digs the ball during a volleyball watch against Atlanta on Tuesday at Hillman High School as teammate Abby Olree looks on.
"It was great to see where Atlanta was tonight," Brege said. "There were some girls in the front row that we'll be keeping an eye on and we'll have to pick up a little better in the next game."
The Tigers jumped out to a commanding 11-2 lead in the opening game, thanks to several aces from Jensen Tchorzynski, who had six of Hillman's 20 aces on the night. After Atlanta scored a few points to make the score 12-5, Hillman went on an 8-0 run to pull ahead 20-5 before winning the match 25-7.
Atlanta responded quickly in the second game, taking an early 4-0 lead which included three aces from Brandy Baker. The Huskies held the lead for a while longer before several balls hit at the net tied the game and tipped it in the Tigers' favor. Trailing 6-4, Hillman scored the next ten points on its way to easily winning the second game 25-12.
All night Hillman came up with aces and Brege pointed to Tchorzynski, Abby Olree and Alissa Jones as players who stood out on serves.
Hillman switched to a different approach in the third game and it worked to the Huskies' advantage as the Tigers sometimes had trouble playing the ball. A pair of aces from Eden Hunt helped Hillman take a 4-0 lead to open the game, but Atlanta answered right back with Baker serving up a pair of aces.
The two sides traded the lead back and fourth until Hillman scored to tie the game at 15. From there, Hunt served up three aces as part of a six-point Hillman run that gave the Tigers a 20-15 advantage. Hillman went ahead 22-17 a few minutes later, but the Huskies pulled off an astounding 8-0 run to end the match including three aces from Kayla Durocher.
"The third game we tried a new approach and it didn't work out. For the final set we went back to our comfort zone and what the girls knew. The third set it got a little tight at the end so we just went to a fourth," Brege said. "Overall it was great to get long rallies going with Atlanta. Even though it was a new challenge during the third set, it was a nice opportunity for some experience and a different rotation."
Baker helped the Huskies to a 3-0 lead to open the final game, but the Tigers proved to be too much, putting together three different five-point runs during the game. Trailing, 23-10, Atlanta scored the next four points, but a kill from Abbie Hunt gave the ball back to Hillman and the Tigers scored the winning point a short time later.
Tchorzynski added 16 service points and five kills to her six aces for Hillman; Olree had nine kills and 10 service points; Brice Kenyon had six digs and Kourtney Boldrey had 10 assists.