Belding volleyball sweeps GR Union

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:28 am on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Belding’s Hannah Linebaugh goes for a dig, while Rachel Hunt (10) and Stefanie Harig (8) get ready to continue the play. The Redskins defeated Grand Rapids Union at home on Wednesday.

BELDING — Belding’s volleyball team looked like they had a harder time with Grand Rapids Union than coach Mikayla Linebaugh thought they did.

The Redskins beat the Hawks 25-12, 25-27, 25-13 in a non-conference match Tuesday at the new Redskin Arena in a match that wasn’t as quickly paced as some other matches.

“I thought we played great,” Linebaugh said. “We kept our tempo up. Sometimes when it was a slower-paced game it’s easy to play to that side. I jut thought we played out tempo the whole night.”

Belding (12-9) wasn’t challenged in the first game, but the second game was a different story.

The Hawks (5-18-2) got out to a small lead and kept the game competitive until halfway through the match. Once Belding led 12-11 the Redskins ran off a 6-1 run that put them ahead to stay.

“It was just a couple of bad passes,” Linebaugh said. “Once we got our offense going I thought we took back over.”

That’s exactly what Belding did the rest of the match, winning the third game easily.

Belding’s Rachel Hunt stretches to try to keep a ball in play during the second game of the Redskins’ match against Grand Rapids Union Tuesday night.

“They just worked harder,” Linebaugh said of her team. “We’ve been working our tempo and doing a lot of talking drills in practice so we’re not reaching and doing those things.”

Hannah Linebaugh and Stefanie Harig had eight kills to lead the Redskins. Harig and Greta Wilker had 13 digs each and Brooke Linebaugh added three aces and 25 assists. Carrie Smith registered a team-high two blocks.

“I thought we talked well, we had fun and it was just a good night for them (Belding),” Mikayla Linebaugh said. “These girls, they just gel very well. They work hard and they work hard off the court to be together as a team and it’s showing. I can see it all the time.”

The Redskins will be back in Redskin Arena Thursday when they host Wyoming Tri-unity Christian in another non-conference game.

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