Northern’s Halle Shell jumps to hit the ball during their game against Port Huron on Tuesday. BRIAN M. WELLS/TIMES HERALD
Port Huron High shows off renovated gymnasium, hosts Northern Volleyball
JOSEPH HAYES, TIMES HERALD 10/5/17
It was a day of celebration.
Shortly after the school day concluded Tuesday, Port Huron High School hosted a ceremony to open its new tennis courts. Then later on, Port Huron hosted its first league match of the volleyball season in its renovated gymnasium.
“It was fun to come together and see everyone here supporting us,” Port Huron libero Jules Amey said. “It was awesome to be here.”
Port Huron Northern tried to ruin the Big Red’s party, however, by defeating Port Huron, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-10.
Andrea Hartman had 10 kills to lead Port Huron Northern. Sarah White added seven kills and Sami Klink had six kills. Madison Adair contributed 15 digs and 15 service points for the Huskies.
“It was really fun just playing them on the new floor and with their new bleachers,” Klink said. “It’s always fun playing PH because you know people. But it wasn’t our best game. They hung with us. They are a good team and we were able to figure out what we did wrong and work through our mistakes.
“We have really been working hard. We do one thing after another in practice. We never stop. We are always going. I think this year we will have more of a chance than in past years at the district round.”
Madeline Trombley paced Port Huron with six kills. Amey added 12 digs and Emma Hillebrandt had eight digs and five kills.
“I think there are several points when the game is up for grabs and you have to seize it,” Port Huron coach Megan Mitchell said. “When you let a server get on a run more than one or two points and you don’t side out, it can get very hard.”
Northern was able to seize an advantage early in the games, but Port Huron was at its best in the second set. They closed the gap and tied the game at 1414 before Northern used a 4-0 run to pull away.
“We had unforced errors,” Northern coach Michelle Mcculloch said. “Especially in the back line. When we find ourselves in a momentum loss, we rely on our servers to make it easy on us.
“Anyone can take the momentum away. But how do you control yourself and not panic?”
Even in defeat, Port Huron was just happy to be back home after spending so much of their season on the road.
“Being on the road for six league games is tiring,” Mitchell said. “It’s long nights. It’s nice to come home and have the support of our parents that can’t always come on the road. It’s just nice to feel that welcoming support.”
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The Port Huron and Port Huron Northern high school volleyball teams warm up in the newly renovated gym at Port Huron High School before their game Tuesday. PHOTOS BY BRIAN M. WELLS/TIMES HERALD