GREENVILLE — On most nights the Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball team would have won with the way they played.
But on Tuesday night, playing good wasn’t enough against Forest Hills Eastern — the No. 3 rated team in Class B. The Hawks defeated the Yellow Jackets 25-21, 25-19, 26-28, 25-16.
“I’m really pleased with the way we played tonight,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said. “They are undefeated in the conference and number three in the state. They are a tough team and we kept up with them.”
The Yellow Jackets jumped out with early leads in both the first sets, but couldn’t hold them.
The first set was tied 19-19 when the Hawks closed out the set with a 6-2 run for the win.
Set two wasn’t as close. The set was tied 6-6, but the Hawks jumped to a 20-13 lead and finished the game without a serious challenge.
“I think we are an evenly matched team, but the thing Eastern does is they are really scrappy,” Rupno said. “They do very well with moving on the court.”
The third game was exciting as the Yellow Jackets outlasted the Hawks for the win.
The two teams traded points throughout the game. Greenville led 22-20, but the Hawks battled back to take a 26-25 lead. The Yellow Jackets won the final three points to take the game.
“The girls went out there and wanted it. They wanted it bad. They knew they lost the first two sets and didn’t want to go home after three,” Rupno said. “They played really smart, got the ball down and wouldn’t let the ball hit the ground.”
Eastern coach Julie Damstra didn’t think her team played well.
“We didn’t play our best tonight. You hope this time of the year you are playing your best this time of the year,” she said. “We talk about consistency and being aggressive on defense a lot. Those were the things we were lacking tonight.”
The fourth game was all Hawks. They jumped out with a quick lead and cruised to the win.
The Yellow Jackets seemed to have lost their momentum from the prior game.
“I don’t know where the intensity went,” Rupno said. “They were excited after that third set and it seemed like that was enough for them. We needed to continue that intensity into the fourth set.”
Damstra was pleased to win, but said they made too many errors.
“Greenville is a good team and I’m not taking anything away from them,” Damstra said. “They did some good things, but we had some errors that played into that.”
Holly Myer had 51 assists for the Hawks. Jackly Goble added 23 digs, while Lauren Trisch and Lexi VandenBerge each had 18 kills.
Forest Hills Eastern improved to 37-5-3 (9-0).
Megan O’Brien had 30 assists for Greenville. Kylee Moody added 20 digs and Leah Somerfield 14 kills.
The Yellow Jackets fell to 33-11-5 (4-5). Greenville will wrap up the O-K Bronze season on Thursday at West Catholic.