Madison Avenue is one of the more valuable properties in downtown New York City.
The Hiland Lady Hawks had their own version of Madison Avenue value come courtesy of Madisynn Bryk and especially from the effort of Madison Yoder. The two juniors helped Hiland gain a monster win on Thursday, Aug. 31 when Hiland traveled to Ridgewood and took down a talented Generals team 22-25, 25-20, 25-10, 25-20.
This game may define exactly how far this Hiland team has come the past two seasons. Two years ago Hiland would never have entertained the thought of competing with a Ridgewood program that has been nothing short of excellent over the years. Last year they felt they could compete with the Generals, but victory was not in the cards. This year the quickly improving Lady Hawks dropped game one and then simply took it to Ridgewood by playing great team volleyball.
“Much better play tonight,” head coach Adri Bryk said of her team. “We had great passing and more aggressive serves.”
After falling in a tight game one, years past would have seen the Lady Hawks crumble to this kind of great competition. Instead they regrouped and stormed to victory in game two before completely dismantling the Generals in game three.
Hiland did it with defense.
“We had some big blocks and digs,” coach Bryk said of what was the turning point for her team.
Yoder was the catalyst all night long as she contributed to the win in every way possible. Yoder served for 15 points including a whopping five aces, added 13 digs from the back row, and just for good measure hammered home 10 kills and recorded five blocks at the net.
“What a big night for her,” coach Bryk said of Yoder’s effort. “It was an MVP effort, and she played aggressively.”
Meanwhile Madisynn Bryk added some solid play on both lines, producing seven kills and adding 16 digs. Mya Blochlinger led the way in kills by amassing 14 on the night while Olivia Gingerich added seven. Nikki Keim provided seven service points including four aces while Kim Miller was the distributor, piling up an impressive 36 assists on the night.
Coming off of a sub-par performance versus a hugely talented Indian Valley squad in which her team fell in three games, coach Bryk said it was fun to see her team regroup and play well against a quality opponent to improve to 5-2.
“We’re ready to keep it rolling,” coach Bryk said.