Mount Pulaski Homecoming holds court with
volleyball rival Hartsburg-Emden
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[September 27, 2014]
PULASKI - Mount Pulaski High School switched things up a bit
this year and decided to hold homecoming in the fall, like other
schools do that have football. The change, however, did not serve
the Mount Pulaski volleyball team well. The Hartsburg-Emden Stags
stormed the court in Mount Pulaski Thursday evening and easily
handed the Lady Toppers 25-13 and 25-19 losses.
The Lady Toppers had that "deer in the headlights look," from the
get-go, according to Coach Donna Dulle. There were few shining
moments by the Lady Toppers in game one for sure. A kill here and a
kill there by Maddy Davis and Whitney Nichols was it. The rest was
all a flawless display by Hartsburg-Emden of how to play volleyball.
While the Stags lack the height that Mount Pulaski boasts, this team
more than makes up for it in their athleticism. These girls can jump
Game two started off well for Mount Pulaski as Davis led the brief
charge with a commanding kill followed by two more to give the Lady
Toppers an early 4-3 edge. That's where the charge ended. Lexi
Strange came back with a monster kill of her own to tie it at 4-4.
Whitney Nichols was not about to let Mount Pulaski lay down and die
and followed with her take that in your face kill for a 5-5 tie. The
Stags were not shaken up in the least and maintained their composure
and just played the game. Hartsburg-Emden jumped out to a 12-8 lead.
Although Nichols tried to keep Mount Pulaski's hope alive with her
never give up attitude. Sadly for the Lady Toppers on this
homecoming night the Stags lead quickly widened to 19-12 as Kaylee
Beekman and Lexi Strange took over the court.
In the end, no blood was shed, but the Stags could boast a 25-19
win. Basically, Beekman and Strange annihilated the Lady Toppers
with 14 and nine kills respectively. It's worth mentioning they are
both juniors, so if you missed this match-up this year, you might
want to make a point to catch it next year.
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Senior Arriana Hoerbert added six kills for the Stags. Over on the
Mount Pulaski side Davis had nine kills while Nichols tallied six
kills. Lilly Pickett added two kills for Mount Pulaski. Pickett and
Davis are the "six foot plus" juniors for Mount Pulaski.
Hartsburg-Emden's record improves to 9-2 while Mount Pulaski, fresh
off winning the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival tournament, falls to a
still respectable 10-2 on the season. Next up for Mount Pulaski is
another always exciting match-up, Springfield Lutheran. That game is
next Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. in Mount Pulaski.
Homecoming activities, which included dress-up days and a student
body cookout, will wrap-up with a dance Saturday night at the
school's cafeteria at 8 p.m.