GREENVILLE – The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls volleyball team played a nice match, but in the end it still wasn’t enough to earn a victory at home on Tuesday night.
The Yellow Jackets fell to O-K White Conference rival Grand Rapids Christian in three games 25-15, 25-16, 25-18. Greenville had leads early in both games one and two.
“If I would compare our first match with Christian to our second match we played much better,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said. “We had to work on our serve-receive and we got that down. We had an issue with that.”
Kelly Bos and Rachel Lubben each had nine kills to lead the Eagles. Both played well and avoided Greenville’s blocks.
“It was just a matter of blocking in the end,” Rupno said. “We just didn’t do that. It’s all about those matchups. When Bos was in the front row we didn’t our strongest player with her.”
In game one, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 9-5 lead. The Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. Overall, the Eagles closed out the game with a 20-6 advantage.
Greenville had a slight lead at 8-7 in game two before the Eagles rallied with 13-2 run to open up a 20-10 lead. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Eagles 6-5 the rest of the way, but lost the game 25-16.
“I thought we played really well,” Eagles coach Tiffannie Gates said. “Our passing was good tonight for the most part. We had consistent passing and that was nice to see.”
The Yellow Jackets started the third game slow and looked as if they lost some of their earlier energy.
“We reminded the girls it’s about having fun and we do love this sport,” Rupno said. “It’s not about pointing out our errors every single time. We just have to fix it and get back to doing what we know how to do.”
Down 23-13, the Yellow Jackets bounced back after a timeout to win five of the next six points before falling.
Megan O’Brien led Greenville with 15 assists. Sam O’Herron had 17 digs, Katie Dunham 12 digs, Rosalyn Wyse six kills, Heather Harrington five kills and Leah Somerfield five blocks.
Taylor Gates had 24 assists for the Eagles.
The Eagles improved to 23-10 overall and 5-4 in the league. Greenville fell to 21-14 overall and 1-7 in the O-K White.
District volleyball play begins in less than two weeks. Rupno believes her team is ready to go.
“We are ready and see Rockford in districts,” Rupno said. “These girls are excited to see them and are ready to come our firing. I have a great team. We just have to put everything together.”