Belding earns volleyball win on Believe Night


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:35 pm on Friday, October 04, 2013

Belding’s Gabby Holyfield, right, tips the ball around the block attempt of Comstock Park’s Madi Dobb during the first game of the teams’ match Thursday.

BELDING — Belding’s volleyball team took an O-K Blue Conference loss to Coopersville Tuesday and was looking to get back on track.

They picked a good night to do so.

The Redskins used their Believe Night to beat Comstock Park 25-16, 25-10, 25-14.

That was a big win for Belding, according to coach Mikayla Linebaugh.

“It was a huge win because we had a pretty rough off-night on Tuesday,” Linebaugh said. “We had a really good practice (Wednesday) and we talked about flushing it (the loss), moving on and working on things.”

It worked on a big night, Linebaugh noted.

“I was impressed with everything, especially with the emotions this game brings to so many,” she said. “This was more than a volleyball game. There were so many people here to play in memory and honor of. It made it special.”

The match didn’t start out the Redskins’ way, though. Linebaugh was forced to call a timeout when the Panthers won the first six points of the opening game.

“Basically I let them (Belding) know we’re here to play,” she said. “We have to flush that (loss) and get rid of it. Let’s do what we worked on.”

The pep talk worked, as Belding went on a 9-2 run to take the lead and force Comstock Park coach Amanda Cawood to call her first timeout.

“I was very impressed with the way we took charge after we got the lead,” Linebaugh said. “It wasn’t a close game but we were down.”

The second game was easier. The Redskins opened the scoring with a 10-3 lead that wasn’t relinquished.

“Same stuff,” Linebaugh said. “We worked on a faster tempo and keeping our intensity.”

After taking game three, Belding went to 15-4-4 overall and 5-2 in the O-K Blue.

Stefanie Harig had 10 kills to lead the Redskins, followed by Gabby Holyfield with eight. Brooke Linebaugh dished out 30 assists, Rachel Hunt had 10 digs and Greta Wilker was the ace leader with six.

Belding is off until Tuesday when they host Sparta.

“We have (today) off because of the Believe (football) game,” Mikayla Linebaugh said. “Monday we’ll just go back to it. We’ll stick to the basics, work on what we need to as far as our tempo and moving our feet.”

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