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Prep Roundup: GH volleyball falls to Rockford

Tribune Staff • Oct 5, 2016 at 12:04 AM

The Grand Haven volleyball team couldn’t keep pace with host Rockford on Tuesday night, falling to the Rams, 22-25, 20-25, 13-25.

Olivia Boeve led the Bucs with eight kills and eight digs, while Morgan Ross added six kills and 12 digs. Ashlyn Hall added 22 assists and Kennedi Bernia pitched in with nine digs.

“The kids played hard,” said Grand Haven coach Aaron Smaka. “We had an opportunity in those first two sets, but couldn’t close those out. We didn’t pass very well at certain points in the match and that really made it difficult for us to maintain any kind of momentum.

“I thought Olivia played pretty well offensively, and Morgan played well defensively. Kennedi did a nice job passing, too. We’ll get back to work at practice these next few days and get ready for the rest of the conference schedule. The big thing is that a lot of kids are getting valuable experience right now and that’s only going to make us a better team in the long run.”

SL volleyball sweeps Allendale

The Spring Lake volleyball team defeated host Allendale in straight sets on Tuesday, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19 to sweep the match, 3-0.

Both teams celebrated October as Breast Cancer Awareness month by wearing pink jerseys and raising money to donate to The Mary Kay Foundation.

Senior Olivia Grimmer recorded 18 kills and four aces to lead the Lakers (9-13, 4-4 O-K Blue), while junior Lauren Hellman added nine kills and five blocks. Sophomore Jenna Core added eight kills, while junior Caitie Estep led the team in assists (38) and juniors Carley Bench and Coco McKeough each added 10 digs.

Junior varsity: Spring Lake defeated Allendale (25-18, 25-23). Abbi Perkins recorded eight kills and three aces to lead the Lakers (22-3, 8-0 O-K Blue), while Taylor Colquitt added eight kills and seven digs. Lauren Cooper led the team in digs with 18, while Madeline Zenas led the team in assists with 22.

Freshmen: Spring Lake defeated Allendale (22-25, 25-21, 17-15).

SL swim team impresses at East Grand Rapids

The Spring Lake girls swimming team fell to host East Grand Rapids on Tuesday, 108-78. Despite the loss, the Lakers compiled many impressive individual performances.

Jennifer Meulenbelt won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 1.56 seconds. The finish gives Meulenbelt a state-qualifying cut in the event.

Sara Mumby added a win in the 50 freestyle, while Meghan Peel won the 500 freestyle. Annie Brechting won the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:04.56.

“We lost the meet, but it is good to know that we have some top swimmers that can give EGR a nice race,” said Spring Lake coach Ellen Wiese.

SL divers hit high marks

The Spring Lake divers had a strong showing as well, finishing 4-6 in the 1-meter diving competition at East Grand Rapids.

Ronnie Russel came in fourth with 188.7 points, while Ellie Higgs was very close behind with 186.08 and Sydney Thompson scored 143.85. All three scores were new season bests for the divers.

SL soccer blanks Sparta

The Spring Lake soccer team started their five-game home stand with an impressive 5-0 shutout win over Sparta on Tuesday at Spring Lake High School.

Malachi Mulder, Dylan Constantine, Ryan Zietlow, Patrick Lee and

Baruch Kamps each scored one goal to lead the Lakers’ attack.

Bruce Boes and Max White combined to record the shutout in net.

The Lakers host Coopersville on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

Fruitport soccer picks up milestone win

The Fruitport boys soccer team record an impressive 4-1 win over host Mona Shores on Tuesday, 4-1. The win gives the Trojans their first win over the Sailors in eight years.

Zack Shane recorded a hat trick to lead the Trojans (9-7, 6-4 O-K Black), while Logan Fielding added one goal and one assist.

“The defense was amazing tonight,” said Fruitport coach Greg Kobylak. “Jonah Krueger lead the defenders with a strong 80 minutes of play. His brother, Kaleb Krueger, along with Caleb Yagger and Logan Tietsema were also solid on the back.

Connon Werschem made nine saves in goal.

Fruitport hosts Grand Rapids Union on Thursday.

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