Fruitport's Carmean takes pride in her strong 'D'

When it comes to volleyball, it's typically the thunderous kills, the wicked jump serves and the in-your-face blocks that get all the attention.
Matt DeYoung
Nov 15, 2011

Fruitport senior Amber Carmean has another way of pumping up her team while taking the wind out of the sails of the Trojans’ opponents.

Carmean, the Trojans’ libero, has made a habit out of coming up with digs that nobody else can get a hand on. Just when it looks like the ball’s about to hit the floor, the suprisingly quick Carmean is there, sprawling onto the floor to keep the play alive.

“I like to dive,” Carmean said with a smile after making several sparkling defensive plays during the Trojans’ Class B regional championship win over Grant last Thursday. “It’s my favorite part of the game. I love to get a hand on a ball that nobody thinks anybody can (reach). It frustrates (the other team) a little bit.”

Carmean’s play delights her teammates and puts a smile on the face of her coach, Nicole Bayle.

“Amber’s a very explosive defensive player,” Bayle said. “Her storng defensive play really furstrates other teams. She’s also our first server, and she puts a lot of pressure on the other teams.”

The Trojans hope to frustrate Cadillac tonight when the two teams meet at Houghton Lake in the Class B quarterfinals. The winner advances to Friday’s semifinals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

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