It was an “up-and-down” night for the Fruitport varsity volleyball team Wednesday.
The Trojans went 1-2 in a home quad.
“We’re a little up-and-down right now,” said head varsity coach Nicole Bayle. “We have some serious consistency problems. We had some really great today, (and) we had some really bad today.”
Fruitport started off by defeating Lakes Eight Conference rival Ludington in a pair of close games, 28-26, and 25-23.
The Trojans came back to beat Shelby in Game 1 of their second match, but the Tigers hit everything in sight in Game 2, getting to several balls that appeared long gone as they handed Fruitport a 25-17 loss.
Shelby pulled out in the tie-breaking third game, 15-13.
In its third match of the evening, Fruitport got off to a nice start before blowing a lead in Game 1 against Whitehall.
The Trojans took a 13-12 lead against the Vikings, and the teams traded one-point leads for the next several points.
But a spike by Whitehall for the 22nd point was followed by two aces and a block at the net, giving the Vikings a 25-22 victory.
Fruitport never led in the second game, as Whitehall won 25-16.
“The challenge for us now is growing,” Bayle said. “It’s important for me to remember that. It’s important for the kids to remember that — just growing and maturing so that we can be ready for the end of our season, and be looking forward. If we dwell on every time that we play bad, we’re going to have a really negative outlook on what we’re doing. I think that today we grew a lot. We matured as a group, and that’s what we need to do.
“We don’t have a kid on the floor (right now) who had to get kills for us last year, or who had to pass and serve/receive. That’s a really big adjustment for our kids. And it’s a big stresser for them. It’s a maturity thing that they’ll grow into. I told them in the locker room, ‘I believe that we’re going to get there; it’s just going to take some time.’ Overall I’m proud of our performance. Am I happy with being 1-2? No. But it was a good learning experience for us.”
The Trojans’ 6-foot-2 middle hitter Claire McWilliams had a strong showing at the net as she led the team with 15 kills and five blocks.
Bre Fialek added 10 kills, while Francesca Cerniglia added nine kills to go with five digs and a pair of aces.
Emily Pieczynski chipped in with eight digs and three aces. Setter Bre Bo finished with 27 assists and nine digs. Alyssa Veihl shared setting duties and provided 18 assists and five digs.
Marissa Hassevoort had a solid showing with eight digs and five kills.