HILLMAN-Sometimes in the world of sports, even the most serious events can have light hearted moments.
As the Hillman volleyball team hosted a "Pink Out" volleyball match on Tuesday, a mechanical problem stopped the national anthem tape from starting. The Hillman players sang their own version of the anthem to the laughter of the audience.
The Tigers then went on to beat a typically tough Posen squad 3-1, by scores of 20-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-17.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Chelsey Painter (7) sets the ball over the next as teammate Abby Olree backs her up. Hillman hosted a “Pink Out” game against Posen on Tuesday at Hillman High School. Both teams wore pink uniforms and fans donated money in support of breast cancer awareness.
Posen head coach Erin Riopelle lamented her team's loss.
"It was a tough loss," she said. "We beat them the first time we met but couldn't get it done tonight. We were short on girls due to an unfortunate incident. It's hard to play short-handed."
The "Pink Out" match was designed to raise money and awareness of breast cancer. Each team wore different shades of pink uniforms and many in the audience were wearing "Pink Out" shirts as they cheered on the teams.
The first game went well for Posen. Hillman initially led 3-0 on the strong serves of Chelsey Painter, but the Vikings made up the difference quickly with serves from Anna Couture and the match became tied at six.
Painter had 11 assists and nine digs on the night.
The game remained very close with excellent serves from Hillman's Abby Olree and Posen's Austin Sharpe as well as a three point scoring streak from Posen's Korynn Hincka.
Hincka led Posen offensively with nine kills while Olree had 10 digs and five kills for Hillman.
Posen eventually pulled ahead and took a 17-12 lead. The Vikings were consistently hitting it past the struggling Hillman team and made several excellent out-of-bounds returns to keep the ball alive
The Tigers fought to bring the game up to 24-20, but couldn't get any closer.
Posen seemed to be firmly in control of the second game as well with Hincka leading the offense. Hillman countered with several tips and service aces from Olree, but Posen quickly moved ahead 12-6.
After a timeout, Eden Hunt served for five straight Hillman points to bring the game up to 12-11. A few back-and-forth volleys passed as Posen pulled ahead 18-15 and later led 22-20.
Behind the strong serving of Kourtney Boldrey, Hillman rallied for five points to win the match.
Boldrey had 14 service points for the night.
Hillman coach Erin Brege pointed out the reason behind her team's success.
"Once we learned their system," she said, "we could tune in on their play and turn the tables to our favor."
The third game was a back-and-forth affair with neither team leading by more than two points for the early part of the match. Hincka and Olree continued to battle for dominance as they knocked down heavy spikes. Hillman gradually pulled ahead again, leading 15-10 and kept the lead the rest of the way to win the game.
Posen looked ready to rally in the fourth game, and briefly held an 8-5 lead before Hillman fought back. scoring 11 of the next 14 points to lead 16-11 with Hunt and Alissa Jones serving during the majority of these points.
The deficit proved to large for Posen to overcome. Hillman continued to score the majority of the game's points and won the game to finish the match.
Jensen Tchorzynski added 10 kills, three aces and 17 digs for Hillman.
Brege was pleased with the results of the night.
"This win means we split our league games with Posen," she said.
Hillman hosts Mio on Thursday while Posen hosts Atlanta.