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Still alive

Nich Wolak • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

The Spring Lake volleyball team lives on to play another day.

Spring Lake alternated its first four games with Coopersville in the first round of Class B district play at Fruitport High School on Monday night, before pulling out a squeaker in Game 5 to advance, 16-14.

The Lakers will now face Oakridge in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

“That was just a great competitive high school volleyball match,” coach Sarah Bulthuis said. "That was a great matchup with Coopersville. A couple games could have gone either way. Of course, I’m completely pleased with the outcome of the fifth game, but it really could have gone either way — it was just a great match."

The Lakers started the night off with a win, 25-19. But the Broncos matched in Game 2, 25-20.

Spring Lake took a lead early on in Game 3 and never looked back, coming out on top, 25-19.

A victory in Game 4 would have sealed the deal for the Lakers, and they led through the middle portion of the contest.

The Broncos raced back though, and the teams tussled to five ties from the 18th point on before Coopersville came away with the victory, 26-24.

With the teams tied at two games apiece, the stage was set for a winner-takes-all Game 5 — and what a show it was.

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