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College Showcase: GH grads Reenders, Marx meet on volleyball court

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:50 AM

In a match featuring a pair of  Grand Haven High School graduates, Kristen Reenders and her Central Michigan University’s women’s volleyball team defeated Mindy Marx’s Ball State University Cardinals on Nov. 10 in Mt. Pleasant, 3-2.

Reenders, a freshman defensive specialist, had a season-high 10 digs for the Chippewas. Marx, a sophomore middle hitter for the Cardinals, totaled a career-high 14 kills on 32 attacks, and also tied her career best with seven blocks.

CMU used the win to secure the No. 6 seed in the Mid American Conference Tournament; however, the Chippewas were defeated in the quarterfinals by rival Western Michigan on Friday, 3-1.

Reenders missed the first half of the Chippewas’ season with a pulled hamstring, but has appeared in 18 matches with 38 digs.

CMU (15-13, 9-7 MAC) closes out its regular season with a road trip to Florida to face Central Florida on Friday and South Florida on Saturday.

Marx’s Cardinals also were eliminated from the MAC Tournament’s quarterfinals, as Ohio prevailed by a 3-0 final.

Marx has appeared in 106 of the Cardinals’ 111 sets this season and ranks third on the squad with 208 kills and is second with 72 blocks.

Ball State (14-16, 7-9 MAC) wraps up its season on Saturday against Xavier (Ohio).

Kaeding Skelton had an impressive debut with her Lake Erie College women’s basketball team, as she scored 10 points in the Storm’s 67-61 victory over Seton Hill (Pa.) on Nov. 13.

The 6-foot-1 Grand Haven graduate started at forward for Lake Erie and logged 28 minutes in the victory. She was 5-of-7 from the field and added three rebounds and a steal.

After a Turkey Day break, Skelton and the Storm return to the court on Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

Isiah Law was named to the All-Tournament team, despite his Alma College men’s basketball team dropping a pair of contests at the Wheaton College Lee Pfund Classic on Friday and Saturday.

In the Scots’ opening game, Law scored a team-high 21 points with three rebounds, three steals and two assists, but they dropped a 83-73 decision to Capital University of Ohio.

Law, a 6-foot-2 forward, was limited to 14 minutes in a 76-49 setback to the host Thunder on Saturday. He scored five points with a 3-pointer on a perfect 2-of-2 showing from the field.

Alma will look for its first win at its home Thanksgiving Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Scots will host Ohio Northern University and Heidelberg (Ohio) University.

Local swim fans were treated to a non-conference swim meet featuring Grand Valley State and Michigan State at Jenison High School on Nov. 9. The Spartans prevailed in the always competitive meet, 167.5-132.5.

The meet stood as a homecoming of sorts for MSU’s Sam Schulze, who competed well in several events for the Spartans. He took third in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 52.48 seconds, and also helped MSU’s 200 freestyle and medley relays to second place finishes.

It was also a solid meet for GVSU freshman Nick Zacek, a Spring Lake graduate. He was fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:44.57); fifth in the 100 free (47.62); sixth in the 100 fly (52.53), and helped the GVSU ‘B’ relay to a fifth-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay.

This past weekend, GVSU had an impressive invitational win at the Ball State University Doug Coers Invitational. Zacek’s best showing was a fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly at the event.

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