HILLMAN-The Alcona volleyball team (6-6) had the chance to avenge Hillman after losing to the Tigers in a home matchup, but were unable to mount a successful attack beyond winning the third set and lost in four, 13-25, 20-25, 28-26 and 19-25.
"We missed 15 serves tonight, so we couldn't really get our offense or defense going and when we made plays happen we had dug ourselves such a huge hole, we couldn't dig ourselves out," Alcona coach Kristi Arnold said.
The third set featured the most competitive volleys of the match. Hillman (13-4, 7-2 North Star League) and Alcona stayed fairly close throughout the whole set. If Hillman went up by a few points, Alcona would answer back.
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Hillman’s Jensen Tchorzynski (2) sets it up for spike from Alissa Jones (12) in a match in Hillman against Alcona on Thursday. Hillman won in four sets.
Particularly important players for Hillman in the third set included Grace Buck, Alissa Jones, Jensen Tchorzynski and Kalen Tchorzynski. Buck alternated offensive tips over Alcona defenders heads, while throwing up her arms for blocks. Jones, Jensen Tchorzynski and Kalen Tchorzynski threw up the most spikes against Alcona.
Jensen Tchorzynski had 10 kills and 10 digs. Kalen Tchorzynski had eight kills and 10 digs. Jones had seven kills and four digs. Riley Appelgren had 25 assists.
However, Alcona had players like libero Sam Zerbst, Cassie Carpenter and Karina Cole. Carpenter and Cole led the offense with tips and spikes while Zerbst dug deep in the back row, cutting off many Hillman attacks.
The game stayed within a point or two all the way till a 22-22 tie. Alcona picked up three straight points, two during the serves of Cole to take a 24-22 lead. However, Hillman picked up its own two point streak to tie the game up at 24-22. Leading the attack was Buck, who picked up a block for Hillman's 24th point. She also picked up a kill to help Hillman take a 26-25 lead.
Alcona answered back with three straight points to pick up a close 28-26 win.
"We tried some different rotations in that set and they just didn't work," Hillman coach Amy Moir said.
The other three sets were mostly controlled by Hillman. The first started out tight with a 4-4 tie. Hillman then picked up eight straight points, seven during the serves of Jensen Tchorzynski, to go up 12-4.
Alcona couldn't string together an effective counter to the streak. Spikes that could have scored points found their way out of bounds or timing errors popped up. A kill by Cole helped stop Hillman's streak at 12-5.
Alcona then narrowed the lead to 13-8, but Hillman answered back with seven points to pull ahead 19-8. Alcona tried to answer back, but it was too little too late.
The second set was similar to the first: it started out close, with Hillman pulling ahead. Hillman took a 9-7 lead, which it later extended to 14-7. Hunt picked up three aces during this streak.
The lead narrowed to 16-14, Hillman when Alcona's Sierra Forsythe took the serve. She served during four straight points to give Alcona an 18-16 lead. Hillman tied it up at 18-18, but Alcona answered back with two more to go up 20-18.
Hillman then scored seven straight points to win 25-20.
After winning the third set, Alcona looked ready to take the game to five in the fourth.
"I was hopeful. The girls had a lot more energy going into the fourth set, but again they dug themselves into quite a deficit," Arnold said.
But, Hillman continued to pick up huge streaks to keep pulling ahead. Alcona tried its best to catch up, but couldn't make up the difference and dropped the fourth set 25-19.
"It feels good to pick up this win. The girls played really well tonight and they executed well and they were hitting the ball a lot better," Moir said.
Alcona travels to Tawas tonight for a tournament. Hillman travels to Atlanta on Tuesday for a Pink Game.