After that, things got easier for WMC as the Warriors won the next two sets 25-7 and 25-19.
The win puts the Warriors at 17-5 for the season and 3-0 in conference play and sets up a battle for first place Thursday when Tri-Unity Christian comes to town.
Vanessa Eekhoff had 10 aces for the Warriors, followed by Maria Ma with six. Bruinsma led the way offensively with 18 kills, followed by Eekhoff with nine and Ma with four. Julie Merz had 25 assists, while Bruinsma added six digs. Anna Sweetman, Ashly Schuitema and Merz each had five digs.
HAVEN GOLFERS IMPROVING
Grand Haven’s varsity girls golf team came up short against O-K Red Conference leader East Kentwood on Tuesday, but still gave coach Roger Glass something to smile about.
The Bucs shot a team score of 193, which was 13 strokes off the pace of the Falcons’ 180 at Grand Haven Golf Club.
Glass is thrilled with the way his girls are playing lately, especially Hailey Watkins and Megan Hendrickson. They shot a 45 and a 47, respectively.
“Hailey’s really been consistent lately,” Glass said. “She’s settling right in the mid-40s, which is great. Megan, too, has been real consistent. I’m really pleased with how they’re playing.”
Martha Ramsey shot a 49 and Kaelee DeVries a 52 for the Bucs, despite each penciling in a nine on their final hole of the day.
“Otherwise we’d have been in real good shape, just a few strokes away from East Kentwood,” Glass said. “We just have to put it all together, and we’re very close to doing that. Hopefully, it happens at the postseason league tournament, or better yet, at regionals.”
TROJANS’ GOLFERS EDGE WARRIORS
Host Western Michigan Christian came up three strokes short Tuesday in a golf match with Fruitport at Chase Hammond. The Trojans edged the Warriors, 231-234.
The Trojans were led by Alesha Martell’s round of 54. Coach Doreen Hall credited Kim Multcher with contributing to the win, shooting a season-low round of 61.
Abbie Alfree led WMC with a 44, followed by Olivia Varnado with a 57, Paige Recknagel with a 64, and Hannah Recknagel with a 69.
Next up for the Trojans and the Warriors is the Muskegon City Tournament, which will be held at Chase Hammond Golf Course next Wednesday.
SL TENNIS EDGES WHITEHALL
Spring Lake and Whitehall needed more than 24 hours to determine the winner of their non-conference tennis showdown.
Their match began on Monday, but due to thunder and rain, was halted and finished on Tuesday.
In the end, Spring Lake held on for a 5-3 win, improving to 4-2 on the season.
The Lakers and the Vikings each won twice in the singles flights. Whitehall’s Tell Sutton edged Spring Lake’s Ryan Fedewa, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1, while the Vikings, Jack Dillivan got by the Lakers’ Blake Henning at No. 3, 7-5, 6-0.
Spring Lake’s Stuart Velarde won easily at second singles, 6-0, 6-3, while Craig Pratt beat Whitehall’s Warren Crummett at No. 4, 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles play, Spring Lake lost at No. 1 but won the remaining three flights. Brenden Peel and Josh Cole scored a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2; Patric Wang and Trevor Zenas won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3; and Jonah Yoshonis and Griffin Wagasky cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4.