Bucs' Reenders, Trojans' Geile solidify college plans

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:54 AM

“Central was one of the first schools I was looking at, and it just felt right there. Everything felt like it was me,” said Reenders, who also considered Ohio State, Purdue and Valparaiso. “When I went to Ohio State, it was a really nice school, but it wasn’t me. Central just felt right.”

Kristen, the daughter of Mark and Jana Reenders, played outside for the Buccaneers and also plays outside for her club volleyball team, the Michigan Volleyball Academy (MVA) out of Grand Rapids.

In college, the 5-foot, 9-inch Reenders will play libero and defensive specialist.

“If I wanted to go Division 2, I probably could have hit, but I really wanted to play at the highest level,” Reenders said. “I’m willing to do whatever the team wanted me to. It wasn’t a big determining factor. I do like to hit, but I also like to play back row.”

Reenders said one factor in choosing Central was the lure of early playing time.

“It’s a great school in the (Mid-American Conference) and I’m really excited to have the potential to play my freshman year.”

Reenders and the Buccaneers should have a strong team this fall, especially with the return of several key players from last year’s outstanding team.

Before she can get too excited for her final year of high school volleyball, Reenders is focusing on her club team, which won its division at the national meet two years ago, then placed 26th last year.

“It’s a lot higher end, very, very competitive,” Reenders said. “All the girls are there because they want to get looked at by Division 1 teams. Our season started back in December and it goes until the middle, end of June. We travel all over the place, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

“This year, we’ve had a lot of injuries, so we haven’t been doing as well as we hoped, but we still have a while to go. Nationals are in the middle of June down in Florida, and that’s the big tournament for us.”


Fruitport senior Samantha Geile recently signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Madonna University.

Madonna is an NAIA school located in Livonia.

Geile led the Trojans to the 2010 Class B state championship and earned all-conference, all-area, all-region and all-state honors.

“Samantha is a very talented all-around volleyball player with the ability to terminate the attack from any position at the net,” said Madonna head coach Jerry Abraham. “She plays with great intensity and determination to win.”

In addition to earning three letters in volleyball for coach Nicole Bayle, Geile also earned first-team all-conference honors in tennis. Off the court, she has been named to the honor roll and earned an excellence in marketing award.

“Coming from one of the state’s top high school programs at Fruitport, Samantha led her team to a state title this year as part of a stellar high school career and has a great game sense as both an offensive and defensive standout,” added Abraham. “She always seems to perform her best with the game is on the line and in pressure situations. This newest Crusader has the skills, work ethic and ability to compete immediately for playing time this fall. Our fans are going to enjoy watching this newest addition to the Madonna volleyball family.”

Madonna finished last season with a stellar 29-9 overall record and took second in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. They fell to Aquinas in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

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