In what was an up-and-down Tuesday, the Grand Haven girls volleyball team ended the Northview Invitational with the same team that gave them their first loss of the day.
Hudsonville was a rude guest, beating the host Buccaneers in power pool play (25-23, 26-24) and the semifinals (25-22, 19-25, 15-13).
“We just failed to execute,” varsity head coach Aaron Smaka said. “We just missed too many serves and didn’t make a lot of plays. … We played hard, but we have to learn to execute better.”
The day started off well for the Bucs, as they defeated Leland (25-10, 25-21) and Forest Hills Central (25-13, 24-26, 15-11) to advance to power pool play.
It was there that they first lost to Hudsonville. They were then defeated by Byron Center (25-17, 25-23).
Smaka said his team was still reeling from the Hudsonville loss.
“We did not react well to that, I think,” Smaka said.
The Bucs recovered in the quarterfinals, beating Grandville (25-22,25-10), before losing to Hudsonville again in the semifinals.
Smaka said he thought the day would help his team grow.
“I think it's a good lesson for our team and something to get better at the next little while here,” Smaka said.
Leaders for the Bucs on Tuesday were Taylor Craymer (51 kills, 41 digs), Amy Kober (26 kills, 8 aces, 11 block), Ally Knoll (27 kills, 8 blocks), Rachel Sedgewick (8 aces, 37 digs) and Jami Hogeboom (135 assists, 30 digs).