The atmosphere during, and following, the game was incredible, with hundreds, even thousands of fans from each school packing the gym at Coopersville High School. It’s a much different scene than she was accustomed to.
Ejups moved to Grand Haven from New York during the summer because of her mom’s job, and what she’s become apart of at Grand Haven is nothing like what she left behind.
“There are so many people here, it’s so exciting,” she said. “At my old school, there was never a crowd this big.”
Ejups said she was a part of a few good teams in New York, but her experience at Grand Haven has taken things to a whole new level.
“This is a lot faster paced, so much more exciting,” she said.
And while she was a newcomer on a team that had already established itself as a strong squad last year, there was no animosity toward Ejups when she arrived in Grand Haven.
“They were awesome,” she said of her new teammates. “They accepted me in right away. They didn’t care who I was, they just know I wanted to play. We all want to play at one.
“We are the tightest group I’ve ever been with. We’re together as one.”
It didn’t take long for Ejups to learn about the history of the Grand Haven volleyball program, and she’s thrilled to be a part of the first team to reach the state semifinals.
“That was one of our big goals this season, and as a team, we’ve accomplished it together,” she said.
The Bucs take on Temperance Bedford at Battle Creek tonight. The state Class A semifinal match is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Check grandhaventribune.com/sports for updates.