The Lakers employed diligent offense and clutch play from the service line to take control late in each set, putting a pesky Coopersville attack away in crunch time.
“We had to fight hard in every set,” Spring Lake head coach Sarah Bulthuis said. “The score was tight through the entire match.
“Consistent serving in the last third of each set was key for us. That kept Coopersville out of system, and we were able to get a few free balls to run our offense.”
Carley Bench led the defense with 16 digs, while Kamryn Lewkowski followed with 11 ahead of Caitlin Estep with 10 and Jenna Core with nine. Core led the way at the net, converting 11 kills, followed by Lauren Hellman with six.
Abbi Perkins led from the service line with four aces and anchored a punishing front line with five blocks. She also had two kills. Madeline Zenas did a little of everything with a team-high 26 assists, two blocks and five digs.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV volleyball team fell to Coopersville in straight sets, 2-0, on Tuesday (21-25, 9-25).
Kate Lewkowski led on the stat sheet with two aces, five kills and two digs. Megan VanderHeide racked up four kills and four digs, while Anna Clover had five assists and four digs. The loss drops the team to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the O-K Blue.
WMC volleyball falls to rival
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team took on rival Muskegon Catholic Central in a Lakes Eight Conference clash Tuesday losing, 3-1.
The Warriors battled to a close conclusion in Set 1 (25-21), before faltering in Set 2 (25-15). A comeback in Set 3 (25-20) forced a fourth set, which the Crusaders took handily (25-19).
Anna Negen led WMC with six kills, followed by Chloe Mitchell and Madison Heiss with five each.
Aubrey Goorman, Mitchel and Heiss all recorded two blocks. Abby Summerfield led with 17 digs, followed by Rebecca TerHaar with 12 and Anna Sytsema with 11.
Mitchell also led the team in assists with 26. The loss drops WMC to 11-15 overall.
“Muskegon Catholic played better offense and defense against us tonight at home, I hope it will inspire us to work on some things that we may not have prioritized in the past,” WMC head coach Trent Similie said. “Catholic played a great match. Great job to the team and coach. We definitely had our chances in this match, but could not turn those into point-scoring runs.
“The conference hunt just got a little harder, but we are up for the challenge. Our line up is very young and we will work on adding consistency and aggressiveness.”
The Warriors return to the court Tuesday at home against Muskegon Heights.
GH golf shoots new low
The Grand Haven golf team took on the East Kentwood O-K Red Jamboree, shooting a season-low score of 188 strokes to finish tied for third place.
Bekah Schrader led the way, carding a 42 to land a spot in the top 10 overall. Christina Byrne joined her in the top 10 with a career-low 45. Ally Kingma followed with a 49, while Calista Rockwell rounded out the varsity scores with a 52.
“The girls scores are slowly improving,” Grand haven head coach Roger Glass said. “We are striking the ball better and eliminating blow-up holes.”
GH soccer downs Grandville
The Grand Haven boys soccer team took a truncated victory over Grandville, 3-0, after the game was called at halftime due to power outage.
Shortly before the end of halftime, Grand Haven High School and the surrounding neighborhoods lost power. After a delay, the game was called, awarding Grand Haven the win.
Mason Mahacek put the Bucs on the board at the 34:40 mark of the first half, converting an assist by Connor Lund. Tavin Ardell put Grand Haven up two, netting a beautiful shot from 30-yards off a header-assist by Lund at the 12:45 mark.
Lund grabbed an unassisted goal just 40 seconds later to round out the game’s scoring. Jake Thayer tallied the shutout in goal.
SL soccer records mercy at fundraiser
The Spring Lake soccer team took on Comstock Park at home Tuesday on their Bluebird Cancer Retreat fundraiser night, defeating the Panthers, 9-1.
Mag Gagnon led the offense with three goals, while Malachi Mulder netted two. Tommy Fine, Jacob Hewitt, Nick Krueger and Evan Ernst all scored single goals.
The Lakers return to the pitch to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central on the road Thursday.
WMC soccer continues to roll
The Western Michigan Christian soccer team continues to dominate opponents, grabbing their eighth straight win with an, 8-0 mercy victory over Orchard View on Tuesday.
Evan Fles netted a hat trick in the victory, while Adam Van Hoven scored twice. Owen Alfree, John-Scott Finley and Brandon Fles all scored single goals.
Tommy Tencate led the way with two assists, while Finley, Alfree, Brandon Fles, Tyler Van Beek and Jordan Wisniewski all recorded one.
Despite the aggressive offense, the win was fueled by a stifling defensive effort. The Warriors held Orchard View to zero shots in the contest. That, combined with midfield dominance never gave the Cardinals a chance.
“Orchard View didn’t have any shots, our defense was simply on our game,” WMC head coach David Hulings said. “We wont most of the balls in the midfield third and we were able to keep a great attack.
“Guys kept their runs alive in the attacking third, which something we have been working on. It was great to see so many good combinations in the attack.”
The victory improves WMC to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the Lakes Eight Conference, they take on North Muskegon on Friday at home.