FH Central stops Greenville in district finals

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:57 am on Friday, November 02, 2012

GREENVILLE — It looked like the Emily Campbell Show in Greenville.

Campbell had 27 kills in the Class A district final Thursday, leading Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central to a sweep of Greenville, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22.

“No. 11 is their (Forest Hills Central’s) big player,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said of Campbell. “You either stop her or get your body on the floor and make a pass.”

The Rangers won a district title in the first year of coach Lauren Hanson’s reign.

“I think we haven’t been here in a long time and it was our one shot to win a district title,” Hanson said. “We just worked our butts off all season and worked through a lot of injuries.”

The Yellow Jackets (35-12-5) and Forest Hills Central (22-24) battled back and forth in the first game, but the Rangers dominated the second game, led by six kills by Campbell.

“She (Campbell) was able to work around our block and through it,” Rupno said. “They  (Forest Hills Central) ran their whole team around her.”

Rupno tried to make adjustments to slow Campbell down.

“In the beginning we were taking the line away from her,” she said. “She was more consistent working the angle. But she was smart enough to start to pick that up and start hitting the line. She’s a smart player, I know she is. She plays club ball and she knows what she’s doing.”

The Jackets had a chance to take the third game, getting up by as many as 20-15 late. But a 10-2 run by the Rangers took away the lead and the district title.

“We did get a block on her (Campbell) but she pushed it up and tipped,” Rupno said. “We just weren’t ready for it. We were still prepared for her to swing away and our defense wasn’t ready to pick up the short balls.”

Campbell had six of her 27 kills in that third game. She got help from Rachel Bouma, who added nine.

“The fact that she (Campbell) has been able to stay healthy with how much she’s had to do in matches for us is amazing,” Hanson said. “She’s a phenomenal leader and she does a great job.”

Mya Udell had 32 assists for the Rangers.

Greenville was led by Rosalyn Wyse with 12 kills. Megan O’Brien led the Yellow Jackets with 22 assists.

Kylee Moody had 16 digs and four aces for the Jackets.

“We had never seen Greenville,” Hanson said. “We kind of scouted them (Wednesday night) and definitely did not underestimate them one bit. We knew they were a good team. Luckily for us we came out on top tonight. I tip my hat to them for putting up a good fight.”

Despite the end of the season, Rupno was happy with how it went.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better season. This is the season I wanted,” she said. “I had a great group of girls, and they fought really hard. Heart, determination and intensity, they all had it. Every time we stepped out on the court they knew they could come out with a victory.”

The Rangers head to Grand Haven for regionals Tuesday.

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