Lake Fenton — Trudie Bruce loves watching her team progress.
On Tuesday, her progress was clearly evident.
On a night that some parts of Lake Fenton’s team struggled, Bruce wasn’t one of the issues, recording a team-high 13 kills in the Blue Devils’ 25-19, 26-24, 25-22 victory against Montrose at Lake Fenton High School.
When she got the chance to attack, Bruce was nearly perfect, recording not a single hitting error. And in the final two sets it seemed it was Bruce being in the front row that pretty much iced the tough set wins. But when given the opportunity, the senior spent more time talking about her teammates.
“My favorite part of (volleyball) is the team work and how our team is confident because no one person has to do everything. We have teamwork and we have to work together to win a game or be competitive,” Bruce said. “We’ve definitely progressed throughout the season. Our setters have been doing well. Our outsides are doing well. Us middles — we’ve gotten better — and I feel our defense is working out really well in the back row.
“(About my game) I feel this could’ve been one of my best games hitting-wise and serving-wise. It was one of my best games so far.”
Bruce pretty much iced the final two games for Lake Fenton. In the second game, the Blue Devils trailed 23-21 late, but Bruce took over. She had kills on three consecutive volleys, earning Lake Fenton a 24-23 lead. The Blue Devils were unable to get game point due to a service error, but then Bruce earned the team another game point when she earned a kill. Montrose had service reception problems on the next service and Lake Fenton earned the 26-24 second-game victory.
In the third game, Lake Fenton jumped to an early 12-7 lead, but an assortment of Blue Devils’ errors allowed Montrose to take a 21-19 lead late.
Lake Fenton cut the gap to 21-20 and 22-21 before tying it up on a Debbie Katterberg block kill. A Montrose hitting error followed, and then Bruce responded with a kill on a service reception overpass by Montrose. Lake Fenton iced the 25-22 victory with an ace by Alyssa Rodgers.
In the opening game, Bruce earned three aces, at the start of the game, earning Lake Fenton a 4-0 lead. She provided four kills thoughout the game, sparking the Blue Devils to the 25-19 win.
Slowly, Lake Fenton is making progress.
“They keep learning, and that’s a good thing,” Lake Fenton coach Angie Del Morone said. “We are still on that learning curve and they are moving alone. We are starting to run some plays now. Our passing is a little better and we’ll be able to learn more stuff. Right now we are struggling with our passing, not as accurate as we want to be. I don’t know why, but we’ll work on it.”
Bruce led Lake Fenton with 13 kills, four aces and three blocks. Megan Somers followed with six kills and seven digs. Sidney Scott had five kills. Rodgers had 17 assists.