Belding volleyball drops Red Hawks in three straight


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 8:32 pm on Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Belding’s Hannah Linebaugh (7) tries to tip a ball past the block attempt of Cedar Springs’ Katie Kidder during the two teams’ game Tuesday night.

BELDING – Belding’s volleyball team had no problems with Cedar Springs Tuesday night.
The Red Hawks put up so little resistance that the Redskins were able to defeat them 25-16, 25-19, 25-12 in a match that started at 6:10 p.m. and ended at 6:55 p.m.

Still, Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh gave Cedar Springs credit.

“Cedar is a team that’s well coached and has some athletes,” Linebaugh said.

One thing that helped the Redskins (15-12, 3-1) was being able to control the tempo, which was fast.

“We wanted to control the tempo and we did that,” Linebaugh said. “Volleyball is such a game of momentum.”

Cedar Springs seemed to play into that idea, as coach Allison Saetre called one timeout in the entire match. That was in the second game.

“I don’t worry about them (opponents),” Linebaugh said. “I try not to think about them calling a timeout. I control what I can control.”

The Redskins got a big helper in the third game, getting a 10-point run on the serve of Rachel Hunt that took a 9-6 game to a 19-6 game and Belding cruised from there.

“They (Cedar Springs) started blocking but my hitters kept swinging,” Linebaugh said.

Mindy Reminga led Belding with six kills. Kyleigh Linebaugh had five digs and 12 assists. Hunt added five aces and five digs, and Reminga and Gabby Holyfield had three blocks.

Next up for Belding is the final O-K Blue Conference match of the season next Tuesday at Coopersville.

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