Middle school volleyball action; Yearling defeats Storm Grove

OKEECHOBEE — Samantha Ruiz had 12 service points and four assists and Ashley Bowers had six kills and eight service points to lead Yearling to a 25-6, 21-25, and 15-4 defeat of Storm Grove in middle school volleyball action Tuesday in Okeechobee.

Yearling dominated the first game with large leads of 14-2 and 18-4 only to see the Sting Rays come back in the second game and prolong the match.

Coach Kellyann Campbell said the match proves a team must remain focused and not relax. “Never underestimate the other team and play your game and play the other teams game.”

Campbell said Storm Grove came out and was impressive in that they really worked hard and wanted to win the match, “We told the girls that they must have good serves and we had a lot of service errors in the second game.”

Three service faults hurt the Lady Bulls in the later stages of the second game. Storm Grove held leads of 9-5 and 14-11 but Yearling battled back to tie at 17. Storm Grove pushed the lead to four points and held on.

YMS came back strong in the third game with leads of 5-2 and 12-4 and went on to victory.

Setter Samantha Ruiz said she felt really good about the win and that her team did a really good job.

“Our team got back up after the second game and didn’t let that keep us down.”

The diminutive Ruiz gives up several inches in height to other players but doesn’t let that discourage or distract her. In fact she had a couple of kill attempts on sets from her teammates.

“It’s kind of scary because the other kills are taller and I see their hands over the net. I try to not let it distract me and ignore it,” she added.

Ruiz said the girls stopped communicating on the court in the second game and let a lot of balls drop that probably shouldn’t have. She said once they regained their confidence the team played well.

“We realized that this was our game. We had to win because this is our court,” she added.

Campbell said the girls continue to work on tips at the net, blocks at the net, and serve receive. She said she also wants the girls to play smart at all times.

Yearling finishes up the season with away game Monday, Oct. 12, at Storm Grove, before ending the season next Thursday at home, against Osceola Middle School.

Yearling won the soccer match with Storm Grove 3-0.

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