Posen VB gets by Hillman in four sets

HILLMAN-The Posen volleyball team (2-2 North Star League) only had a handful of matches under its belt when it faced Hillman (7-3, 1-1 North Star) on Tuesday, a team that had already picked up seven wins.

In spite of dropping the second match 25-15, Posen picked up the match in four sets, winning 25-22 in the first, 25-12 in the third and 25-21 in the fourth.

“The girls really picked up the intensity in the third and fourth sets and showed Hillman that they’re capable of competing,” Posen coach Michelle Mulka said.

The match started with a 3-0 Hillman lead. Posen answered back by scoring five points out of six, four off the serves of Mercedes Kowalski, to take a 5-4 lead.

Kowalski picked up 11 assists on the night.

The set quickly turned into a back-and-forth scoring contest with an ace by Monica Bartz setting up three straight Posen points for a 11-11 tie. Kalen Tchorzynski quickly answered back with three straight aces for a 14-12 Hillman lead.

Bartz had four aces for the night, while Tchorzynski had 25 digs.

Posen’s Korynn Hincka gave Hillman a lot of problems throughout the set, picking up kills and blocks when they were most needed. Her play, combined with the serving of Kowalski and Hunter Kaszubowski took Posen from an 18-18 tie to a 25-22 win.

Hincka had 12 kills and six blocks for the night, while Kaszbowski had three kills. Kayla Lenard had three aces.

The second set showcased a more confident Hillman team, trying to bounce back from an early 7-4 Vikings lead. Hillman’s Alissa Jones served for five straight points to take a 9-7 lead, picking up an ace along the way. Jensen Tchorzynski helped by picking up two straight aces.

Tchorzynski led her team both offensively and defensively with 15 kills and 25 digs. Brice Kenyon picked up 17 digs while Taylor Crawford had four kills.

The Vikings struggled against a focused Hillman attack, and after a five-point scoring streak by Hillman, was down 20-10. Posen couldn’t catch up as Hillman took the 25-15 win.

Posen scored quickly in the third set, with Hincka picking up three quick kills and Kowalski serving an ace to give Posen a 9-6 lead. Posen then scored 14 out of the next 18 points to pull into a commanding 22-10 lead. Hillman wasn’t able to recover, as the Vikings took a 25-12 win.

The fifth set started out more even, with no team pulling more than a point or two ahead for the first 12 points. A Hillman six-point scoring streak put Hillman at 10-6, while a three-point scoring streak during Riley Appelgren’s serves gave the Tigers a 13-8 lead.

Appelgren had 22 assists on the night.

Posen answered back at a 14-9 Hillman lead, by scoring nine straight points to take a 17-14 lead. Serious back and forth play by both teams brought the game to a 21-21 tie, but Posen was able to pull ahead when it mattered, for a 25-21 match win.

“We didn’t mentally play a very good game tonight. We are going to have to play mentally stronger if we’re going to win. We’re also going to work on getting our sets to our hitters better,” Hillman coach Amy Moir said.

Posen travels to Fairview on Thursday and Hillman hosts Whittemore-Prescott.