Greenville goes perfect to win DN Invitational

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:30 am on Monday, August 27, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Paige Switzer, right, attacks past the block of Greenville’s Rosalyn Wyse, left, and Leah Somerfield during the Daily News volleyball Invitational Saturday.

STANTON — Greenville’s volleyball team was perfect enough to win the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday at Central Montcalm High School.

The Yellow Jackets didn’t lose a game to any of the six opponents they faced, including Central Montcalm in the finals, where they took the trophy with a 25-14, 25-20 win.

But Greenville coach Amy Rupno saw something else in her team.

“We were up and down all day, but to be able to pull it off when we were dragging our heads was good to see,” Rupno said.

But the Jackets never lost a game.

“We just had matches where the other team got ahead and we were disappointed,” Rupno said. “But we dug deep and were able to pull it out.”

Greenville went 6-0 in pool play against the Green Hornets, Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg. The Jackets then beat Tri County 25-8, 25-19 in the semifinals.

Central, meanwhile, went 3-3 in pool one play, but it was better than the Eagles’ 2-4 and the Wolverines’ 1-5 to advance. They shut down Lakeview 25-21, 25-16 in the semifinals.

“Whenever you go up against Greenville they have some great players,” Central coach Haley Dawe said. “I thought we had the best serve receive but Greenville was the better team.”

Brooke Hollenbeck had 33 digs for the Hornets. Paige Switzer had 38 kills and Michaela Crooks added 36 assists and 10 aces.

The Wildcats made it out of pool play with the No. 1 seed in pool two after they tied with Belding and Tri County with a 4-2 record. It came down to tie-breakers, and Lakeview had a plus-9 point differential to the Vikings’ minus-1 and the Redskins’ minus-8. Only the top two in each pool advanced, so Belding went home.

Lakeview coach Tammy Dey was disappointed to lose in the semis to the Hornets.

“It really stinks because we worked hard to get into the finals,” Dey said. “That was a pretty heavy letdown. I feel like this is our best play so far. We keep getting better and better.”

Erin Vanderzand was the Wildcats’ leader in kills with 24. Estelle Molitor had 35 assists and five aces, Chelsea Lint led in digs with 22 and Rebecca Matthews had a team-high five blocks.

Belding was led by Rachel Hunt with 18 kills and three blocks. Hunt and Brooke Linebaugh had four aces each, and Linebaugh dished out 38 assists. Greta Wilker led the defense with 37 digs.

“I thought we started slow,” coach Mikayla Linebaugh said. “Splitting with Lakeview was good. My only frustration was scoring in the first game.”

Linebaugh claimed the official scorer during the opening match of pool play against Tri County missed some points that would have went to Belding.

CC-Crystal coach Megan Merlo said her team could have played better.

“It was not our best tournament but we played OK,” Merlo said. “We had just come off winning a tournament at Fulton on Thursday and we didn’t play up to our standards Saturday.”

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