GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets volleyball team just completed its best season in a long time.
The Yellow Jackets finished the season 35-12-5 overall this year. Their season ended with a three game match against Forest Hills Central in the Class district final, following a great win over defending Class A state champion Rockford in the district semifinal.
“This was an amazing season. It was a pleasure to coach these girls,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team. They had a lot of heart and dedication. They fought for every point and never gave up.”
Greenville tied for third with Northview in the new O-K Bronze with 5-5 records. Forest Hills Eastern won the conference title with a 10-0 record and was followed by Forest Hills Northern at 8-2.
Both those teams dominated the all-conference voting as they combined to fill seven of 10 spots on the first-team and four of six spots on the honorable mention list.
Leah Somerfield, a junior, earned first-team honors, while seniors Audrey and Rosalyn Wyse earned honorable mentions.
“Leah was a real strong attribute for our team,” Rupno said. “She is smart at the net, she can turn the ball, she knows where her blockers are at and she can put the ball down on the court.”
Somerfield, a middle hitter, finished the year with 395 kills and 134 blocks. Both stats led the Yellow Jackets.
Rupno said Somerfield played more confident this year as opposed to her sophomore season.
“She is more of a confident middle hitter,” she said. “Last year she would swing and hoped the ball went down. This year she knows she can get the ball over the net and has been smart with her timing. She was more focused on running faster plays because she knew that would give us points.”
For next year, Rupno wants to see Somerfield improve on her passing skills, which would only help her if she continued to play at the next level.
“She will probably be a middle hitter for us again,” Rupno said. “I would love to see her improve on her passing skills. I think if she goes further in volleyball she would be used as an outside hitter. I would like to see her get low in the back row, move her feet and be able to work the sidelines.”
Audrey Wyse, a middle hitter, finished the year with 165 kills, 94 aces and 56 blocks. She switched from the outside position to the middle this year to help the team.
“Audrey stepped it up big for us this year,” Rupno said. “Last year she was our right hitter and she loved that position. We were short a middle and I put Audrey in that position and after an adjustment period, she did a phenomenal job. She put up just as good a block effort as Leah.”
Serving was a strong point for Audrey as her 94 aces led the team.
“She was my number one server. I could rely on her to be consistent with her serve and rack up the points for us,” Rupno said.
Rosalyn Wyse, an outside hitter, did a little bit of everything for the Yellow Jackets. She finished the year with 312 kills, 181 digs, 46 aces and 35 blocks.
“Rosalyn had a fantastic year and I was shocked she did not make all-conference,” Rupno said. “She was a big hitter for us on the outside and she played all the way around.”
Like her sister, Rosalyn had a great serve, as well.
“She was another player that had an amazing serve,” she said. “She had a real nice float serve that is one of the toughest serves to pass up. She had a 91 percent serving accuracy this year.”
Rupno will get Somerfield back for another season, but will lose Audrey and Roslyn. She said it’s a loss, but the will have to move on.
“It is a huge loss, but we can’t focus on our losses,” Rupno said. “We have to focus on what we are getting next year and build our team around the upcoming junior varsity players and our returning players.”
Megan O’Brien led the Yellow Jackets with 915 assists, while Kylee Moody led with 413 digs.