GREENVILLE — Greenville’s volleyball team played their first match ever in the O-K Bronze Conference Thursday and it didn’t turn out the way they wanted.
The Yellow Jackets were swept in three games by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 25-21, 25-16, 25-18.
Not only that but they may have lost outside hitter Samantha O’Herron to a left knee injury. She came out late in the third game grabbing the back of her left knee.
Both teams had to use both of their timeouts in the first game as Greenville (14-3, 0-1) got down 6-3 before coming back to a 14-11 deficit.
“We just got into a little funk,” Forest Hills Northern coach Tracy Kirk said. “We got relaxed because we were ahead and we know every team is going to come out and play their best against us.”
The Huskies (14-2-1, 1-0) ran off four straight points after they called time out, forcing the Jackets to use their other timeout.
Forest Hills Northern used their final timeout when they couldn’t close the first game, allowing five straight points to Greenville before a bad serve ended the game.
“Serving killed us,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said. “In the first set alone where the score was 25-21 we missed five serves. That’s five points we let them (Forest Hills Northern) have.”
Kirk said her team had to work to get that first game.
“We struggled in that first game,” she said. “I felt like we adjusted to what Greenville was throwing at us and I though the girls did a nice job of stepping up and playing as a team.”
The Jackets needed to work to get the second game close, but seven straight Huskie points made the score 18-10 and Greenville couldn’t recover.
“The second set our serving was a lot better, our communication was up and we were able to talk as far as passing goes,” Rupno said. “We were running a lot more plays hitting through their (Forest Hills Northern’s) triple and double-blocks.”
Greenville was hurt by a couple of bad calls in the final game, being the victim of an illegal hit call at 10-5 and a four-hit call at 11-6. They never got back in the game after that.
“Confidence,” Rupno said “Confidence and communication and again serving. Serving was our downfall.”
Greenville was led by Rosalyn Wyse with 11 kills and Leah Somerfield with 11. Megan O’Brien dished out 24 assists and Kylee Moody had two aces and nine digs.
The Jackets go to the Leroy Pine River Invitational Saturday.