Volleyball Roundup: Bucs fall in semifinals at Northview

Grand Haven's varsity volleyball team showed its resiliancy on Tuesday, as the Buccaneers battled into the semifinals of the Grand Rapids Northview Invitational, despite playing without starting setter Jami Hogeboom. Hogeboom suffered a concussion during Saturday's Lakeshore Classic tournament at Grand Haven and was held out Tuesday for precautionary measures. "Hopefully she'll be back by Saturday when we travel to East Kentwood for the WMVOA Tournament,' Grand Haven coach Katy Walters said.
Tribune Staff
Aug 24, 2011

Walters was pleased with the job that Kristen Reenders did filling in for Hogeboom at the position. She totaled 97 assists and 42 digs during the day.

“She did a great job, especially considering she never set before,” Walters said. “She is so athletic that she can really play anywhere.”

Walters said it took awhile for the Bucs to get rolling against Mona Shores, as they escaped with a three-game win, but Haven was very solid in wins over O-K Red rivals Jenison and Hudsonville.

The Bucs’ tournament run was ended by South Christian in the semifinals, 25-23, 25-13.

“We had a tough time passing the ball, which made it difficult to run our offense the way we wanted,” Walters said. “Overall, I was very pleased with how the girls handled the adversity of having a new setter without any practice.

Abby Cole and Megan Newhouse were the Bucs’ big 1-2 punch at the net, totaling 38 and 28 kills, respectively. Cole, a 6-foot-5 junior also had 17 blocks and seven aces. Alex Law added 16 kills and six blocks and Allie Johnson led the team with 38 digs.

Junior Varsity: The Bucs finished 1-2 at a home quad on Tuesday. They defeated Coopersville, but were handed losses by Forest Hills Eastern and Jenison.
Veronic Both had 20 kills, Rachael VanZytveld added 18, and Paige VanOordt totaled five blocks. Jenny VanTol dug up 30 balls, and Emily Sexton set 51 assists.

FRUITPORT UNBEATEN AT CROSSOVER QUAD

After its impressive victory at Saturday’s Lakeshore Classic tournament, Fruitport’s varsity volleyball team kept rolling on Tuesday, finising 3-0 at a Lakes Eight and West Michigan Conference Crossover Quad.

All games were played at Oakridge High School.

The Trojans (9-0 overall) defeated West Michigan Conference schools Oakridge and Montague, as well as Lakes Eight rival Spring Lake.
Spring Lake took the Trojans to a full three games. Fruitport took Game 1, 25-16, suffered a 25-22 loss in Game 2, but secured the win with a 15-9 score in Game 3.

The Trojans also dropped their opening game to Montague, 25-22, but dominated the rest of the match, winning 25-4 and 15-4.

Bre Geile, Brandie Jones and Rachael Folkmier provided balance in attacking for the Trojans, with each having over eight kills. Geile led the way with 16.

Defensive specialist Amber Carmean had 11 digs, 25 service points and three aces, and Libero Lindsay Armstrong had 30 digs. Lauren Hazekamp (51 assists) and Bre Bo (24 assists) split the setting duties.

Spring Lake (6-3 overall) finished the event at 2-1, with wins coming over Montague and Oakridge in two games apiece. Coach Sarah Bulthuis said her team needs to be more consistent in serve receiving and blocking to defeat the Trojans down the road.

“Fruitport is a good serving team so we are going to need to improve those categories before we play them again,” she said.

Bulthuis commended the play of Libero Kathryn Rumptz, who had 15 points, eight aces and 12 digs. Setter Emma Kendro totaled 22 points, seven aces and 30 assists.

Evie Lorimer had 18 kills, seven digs and three blocks, and Molly Cooke totaled 16 points, five aces, 12 kills and eight digs.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake was unbeaten at a tri-meet at Whitehall on Tuesday, with the Lakers defeating the host Vikings and Fruitport.
Audrie Dalman had three aces, Kelsee Zuidema totaled nine kills, Maya Denslow led with nine digs and Courtney Kyser slammed down four blocks for Spring Lake (3-1-1 overall).

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