Belding wins battle of Redskins in straight sets


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:34 am on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Belding’ Stefanie Harig, far right, sends an attack over Saranac’s Brynne Harder (12) and Karlee Derosha, middle, during the second game of the teams’ match Tuesday.

BELDING — After a win in the Daily News Invitational Saturday, Belding’s volleyball team got into some dual action Tuesday.

Belding beat Saranac in the first dual of the season 25-7, 25-7, 25-8 in a battle of teams nicknamed the Redskins that lasted just 44 minutes.

“What I told the girls (Belding) was, ‘Let’s pick up where we left off,’” Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh said. “We left (The Daily News Invitational) with intensity and fun and I thought we did a good job of that (Tuesday night).”

Saranac (9-9), who opened the season with a third-place finish at the Grand Rapids Union Invitational Saturday. Saranac allowed Belding (6-0) to get out to big runs during games. Belding opened the first game with a 10-1 run, closed the second game with 11 straight points and went on a 14-3 run to open the third game.

Those runs were because of serving, Linebaugh noted.

“We have been working a lot on serving zones and we’re starting to hit our zones and mixed up out serves and that helps when we get on the runs,” she said.”

“We played our level and we kept the tempo at what we wanted it to be,” Linebaugh said.

Belding got a team-high seven kills from Gabby Holyfield and another five from Peyton Mount. Holyfield also had five blocks.

Belding’s Greta Wilker jump-serves during the third game of the Redskins’ match against Saranac Tuesday.

Stefanie Harig had eight digs, Brooke Linebaugh added seven digs and 21 assists and Brooke and Hannah Linebaugh tied for the team high in aces with seven.

“We got everybody in the game,” Linebaugh said. “Sometimes when you put subs in you kind of get off karma a little bit. I didn’t see that and that’s a good step.”

Saranac got four kills from Sadie Guernsey, four assists from Kenzie Jackson and Brynne Harder had Saranac’s only ace and their only two blocks.

Belding will be off until after the Labor Day weekend. But when they get back to the court they will open O-K Blue Conference play at home against Coopersville Sept. 5.

“Just continue to play aggressive ball, talk,” Mikayla Linebaugh said. “Coopersville’s tough, it’s a big game being in our conference. Coopersville is kind of a big rival for us because it’s the first game of the conference. We just have to continue to play, move our feet on defense, talk and just keep having fun when we’re on the floor.”

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