Greenville remains perfect in O-K Bronze


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 3:40 pm on Friday, September 27, 2013

Greenville senior Leah Somerfield, left, battles for the ball with an opponent from Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday at home.

GREENVILLE — Greenville started strong and they finished even stronger.

The Yellow Jackets volleyball team remained undefeated in the O-K Bronze with a convincing 25-21, 25-14, 19-25, 25-15 win over Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday night at North Gym.

“It’s exciting, This is what we are shooting for,” Greenville coach Amy Rupno said. “We want to go strong. We have goals to go undefeated and play our best in each match. We struggled on Tuesday and fixed those errors tonight.”

In each winning game, the Yellow Jackets were able to jumped out to four and five point leads. Sometimes even larger leads.

Rupno said that was key against a good team like the Hawks.

“Our goal is always to start strong and have a large lead,” she said. “That leaves us a cushion for errors. No one is perfect on the court, so it’s nice to have a lead.”

There was no fading for Greenville on Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets (17-3-1, 3-0) started the match with a 6-1 lead. Greenville needed that lead later, as the Hawks rallied to tie the match and take the lead at 19-18.

Greenville turned it around and closed out the game with a 7-2 run.

“This was our strongest match of the year,” Rupno said. “We worked more as a team, than individuals, we shook off our mistakes and made sure not to make them again.”

The start in game two was incredible for Greenville. With a 8-0 and 10-1 start, the Yellow Jackets stunned the Hawks.

“My quick thoughts are they were on their game and we were not,” Eastern coach Jodi Streur said. “This was one of our roller coaster nights. It was frustrating.”

The closest Eastern would get was 17-12.

Game three was even throughout most of the game. It was tied 16-16 when the Hawks found their groove and rallied for a 9-3 finish to extend the match.

“The third game we came out and played amazing. We looked fantastic,” Streur said. “Then it came back to, I don’t know if it’s being tired, frustrated or flustered. They were on their game and we weren’t.”

The Yellow Jackets bounced back quickly and opened a 5-1 lead in game four. Greenville consistently pulled away in game en route to the deciding 10-point game four win.

“Our defense was amazing tonight and we were able to get the passes up,” Rupno said. “When we had a good pass we ran our big hitter Leah (Somerfield). Without our passers we wouldn’t have the kills we had.”

Greenville’s front line dominated with kill after kill. Somerfield led the way with 21 kills. Stacey Fitzgerald added 10 kills, while Ally Berry and Nikota Howe each had eight.

Morgan Wallin had 44 assists, while Kylee Moody had 18 digs and Howe 12 digs. Berry had five aces.

Forest Hills Eastern is 2-1 in the league.

The Hawks play in Holland at the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday, while the Yellow Jackets take part in the Zeeland East Invitational.

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