POSEN-A little pep talk was just what the Posen volleyball team needed on Thursday.
The Vikings started out sluggish against Hillman in a North Star League matchup, but bared down and defeated the Tigers in four sets, 14-25, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-23.
The gym was decked out in pink decorations and both teams wore pink uniforms and played with a pink ball in a Spike Out Cancer pink game in support of breast cancer awareness.
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Posen’s Elizabeth Mulka (13) and Korynn Hincka jump up to block an attack from Hillman’s Cagney Smith (5) during a volleyball match on Thursday at Posen High School.
"The girls were super excited to wear their tie-dye and they all thought it was the coolest thing. I went ahead and brought ribbons in for them," Posen coach Michelle Mulka said. "They're super happy to have a pink game again and they're happy the community comes behind them and supports them."
Hillman used strong play at the service line to get off to a fast start in the opening set. The Tigers served six aces and were helped by Posen attack errors. The Vikings ended the set on a 7-1 run, but couldn't make up for its slow start.
After regrouping in the huddle, Posen took control in the second set. Korynn Hincka, who had nine kills, six blocks and three aces on the night, led the Vikings on a 10-3 run to start the set and Posen cruised from there. Eden Hunt served two aces to start the set for Hillman, but the Tigers had trouble landing attacks and putting the clamps on Posen's offense. Hincka capped the set with a block and a kill to knot the match.
"The first set, we executed what we've been practicing all week and then we forgot what we practiced all week in sets two and three," Hillman coach Amy Moir said.
Jensen Tchorzynski led Hillman with 12 kills and 10 digs and Kalen Tchorzynski had nine digs.
A strong finish propelled the Vikings in the third set. Posen got out to an early 6-2 lead, but Hillman stayed close enough to have a chance to win. Alissa Jones served two aces to help Hillman pull to within three late, 18-14, but the Vikings closed the set on a 7-0 run which was punctuated by a kill from Austin Sharpe and two Hincka aces.
Sharpe had five aces for Posen, Monica Bartz had five kills and two aces, Mercedes Kowalski had 17 assists and Kayla Lenard had 10 digs.
Hillman held a 17-10 lead midway through the final set, but Posen's tenacity pulled the Vikings back into the game. After Hillman took a 19-14 lead on an ace, Posen scored the next four points to pull within one. The last point came on a well-placed tip from Ashley Meyers.
Later on, Hillman led 22-19, but Posen gained set point by scoring the next five points, which included two kills from Hincka, a Meyers tip and an ace from Bartz. A service error gave the ball back to Hillman, but an attacking error on the next volley gave Posen the match.
"I think the girls were worried about the loss to Rogers City and we still focused on that," Mulka said. "We talked as a team in the huddle between games and we realized we had to come out and start playing like we wanted to win."