Yellow Jackets defeat Cedar Springs’ volleyballers

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:30 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

GREENVILLE — A slow start turned into a dominating performance.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball team swept O-K Bronze rival Cedar Springs 25-14, 25-15, 25-14 on Tuesday at home.

The first set went back-and-forth early, but the Yellow Jackets (22-3, 2-1) trailed 12-11 midway through the first quarter.

“The first set we got off to a real slow start,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said. “Communication was down and that is something I always stress. We were able to turn it around and pull into the lead.”

The Yellow Jackets tied the match at 12-12 when Audrey Wyse began a turn serving. Greenville’s leader in service points reeled off nine consecutive points to blow the match open with a 21-12 advantage.

“She is my service-point leader,” Rupno said. “She is always my first server. She is my strongest server and someone I can always count on.

“We did make some serve mistakes in that first set,” she added.

In all, the Yellow Jackets closed out the first set with a 14-2 run. That momentum carried over the the second set with an 11-2 start.

“The girls were ready to speed up the level of play,” Rupno said. “We didn’t see a lot of how the Yellow Jackets normally play. We kind of played down, were mellow and we tried different stuff, which slowed us down a little.”

Cedar Springs (1-15, 0-3) could not get any closer than nine points in the second set.

“From the beginning when I inherited this team I knew it was going to be a struggle,” Cedar Springs coach Mike Lozier said. “We didn’t know a ton about the game. Our first step was kind of learning the game.

“These girls are fighting every point. We don’t focus on the score, but we ask ourselves if we competed as hard as we could and did we improve from the last match,” he added.

The third set started off close as the Yellow Jackets led 8-7. A 10-3 run allowed Greenville to open an 18-10 lead.

“I was trying different rotations,” Rupno said. “I was weaving girls in to see what would work best.”

A 7-4 run completed the sweep for the Yellow Jackets.

Lozier, despite the score, said his team did compete.

“We did compete,” Lozier said. “We have shown in every game we have the potential to compete with everybody. We’re just not finishing games.”

Rupno said her team’s serve-receive was improved.

“We served pretty well, but I think serve-receive we did a lot better,” Rupno said. “That is something we always struggle on. By pushing in practice I think our serve-receive was better.”

Bri Hinton led the Red Hawks with 12 assists. Abby Olszewski had nine digs and Kate Kidder seven kills.

Megan O’Brien led the Yellow Jackets with 15 assists. Kylee Moody had 12 digs, Audrey Wyse 14 points and four aces and Leah Somerfield added two blocks.

Greenville is at Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday.

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