Belding tops Greenville in Daily News Invitational

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:01 pm on Monday, August 26, 2013

Greenville’s Stacey Fitzgerald (3) tries to put an attack past the block of Belding’s Peyton Mount (4) during the finals of The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

BELDING — After pool play was done, there were two standout teams at The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament — Belding and Greenville.

Both had been undefeated in pool play, so they were the favorites to advance the finals.

When they did, the Redskins prevailed in three games, 25-22, 18-25, 15-9.

“It’s probably the only time we will see Greenville,” Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh said. “They (Greenville) are a good team. They graduated a lot, but they still have a lot. It was a good match for us to have that intensity with the rivalry.”

Yellow Jackets coach Amy Rupno didn’t quite agree where her team is concerned.

“When it comes up against Belding, it’s no excuse, they are our rivals, but I think it’s more of a competitive streak and they (Greenville) want to win it really bad,” Rupno said. “And I think that overlaps them from remembering volleyball is about having fun along with winning the game. I think we stepped back, stopped having fun and took it way too serious.”

Rupno said her team was having fun when they were winning their pool, then beating Tri County 25-21, 25-8 in the semifinals.

Belding, who beat Carson City-Crystal 25-22, 25-20 in the semifinals, got a team-high 38 kills from Gabby Holyfield, along with three blocks, which tied Rachel Hunt. Hunt also had 59 digs, and 32 kills.

Brooke Linebaugh, who recovered from getting hit in the head with the ball twice in the same point in the finals, had 110 assists while she and Greta Wilker had 33 digs. Wilker led the team in aces with six.

Belding’s Rachel Hunt, left, puts an attack in the net as Greenville’s Paige Hallock (14) puts up a block during the finals of The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

Greenville got 51 kills  and 10 blocks from Leah Somerfield, eight aces and 35 assists from Morgan Wallin and 35 digs from Kylie Moody.

The Eagles were 4-2 in pool play before losing to Belding. This was their second tournament in two days, having hosted their own tournament Friday.

“We did pretty well today,” CC-Crystal coach Megan Merlo said. “We had some different people step up to play well at different points in the day. It was big to make the semifinals two days in a row. Hopeflly the finals next time.

Lakeview and Central Montcalm were each 2-4 in pool play and were eliminated.

“I felt we did fairly well,” Lakeview coach Tammy Dey said. “I have five sophomores on my team and most of them start. I kind of feel like we played well for our first tournament of the season.”

Central’s only two wins were against winless Montabella.

“It was a difficult day for us,” Central coach Haley Daew said. “We came off of the Carson City(-Crystal) Invitational (Friday), so playing back-to-back without a practice, I thought we improved a ton from (Friday) so I was very happy.”

The Green Hornets were led by Hailey Hollenbeck with 15 assists Hannah Hollenbeck with nine kills, six digs and two blocks.

The Mustangs has Ragen Krampe with a team-high nine kills, Taylor Hutson with 12 aces and Meagan Lumbert with 18 assists.

“We learned a lot,” Montabella coach Jordann Jankowsky said. “I think if we move a lot quicker and make our passes we’ll be in the game a lot more than we are. We saw some very good competition and it was good for my girls to see what they really need to learn to do.”

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