Volleyball roundup: Bucs hold off Panthers

Grand Haven scored a decisive volleyball victory over West Ottawa on Thursday, boosting the Buccaneers' O-K Red record to 4-2. Abby Cole had 13 kills and four blocks for the night, while Krysteena Davis was also active at the net, slamming down 10 kills to go with three blocks. "We played well tonight,' said Grand Haven coach Katy Walters, whose team is now 30-14 overall. "We did a good job of keeping our energy high and staying focused. Our middles, Abby and (Krysteena) did a good job at the net on offense and defense.'
Tribune Staff
Oct 14, 2011

Jami Hogeboom provided 33 assists and two blocks for the Bucs, while Kristen Reenders added three aces and 15 digs.

Grand Haven is off this weekend, which will hopefully help the Bucs recover health-wise heading into next week’s final league contest against rival Rockford. Several Buccaneers are dealing with various ailments and injuries, including Chloe Dault, who has a concussion.

“Chloe has been cleared to start practicing, so it will definitely be nice to get her leadership back on the court for Rockford next week,” Walters said.

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven edged West Ottawa, 26-24, 25-19, thanks to seven kills by Veronica Booth and five by Rachel VanZytveld. Haley Bethune had nine service points for the Bucs. Emily Sexton and Haley Gorajec combined for 18 assists, while Jenny VanTol had 12 digs.

Freshmen: Grand Haven got past West Ottawa, 25-23, 6-25, 25-15. Sophie Stoepker had 13 assists, seven aces and five digs, while Meagan Burke added five aces, four kills and eight digs. Bronte Michura had four aces, three kills and six digs, and Alexa Shampine chipped in with an ace, two kills, five digs and a block.

LAKERS SWEEP QUAD

Spring Lake went 3-0 at Thursday’s quad meet at Zeeland West.

The Lakers beat Comstock Park, 25-18, 25-20; edged the hometown Dux, 25-22, 25-19; and topped Wyoming ROgers, 25-17, 25-16.

“This was one of our better blocking nights as a team,” said Lakers’ coach Sarah Bulthuis, whose team is now 24-7. “Erin Vargo, Evie Lorimer and Shelbie Robinson had a combined 24 blocks. We have been working hard on footwork patterns and timing with blocking and it was nice to see the players’ work pay off.”

Lorimer finished with 10 service points, three aces, 18 kills and eight blocks for the Lakers. Hayley Schram added seven points, two aces and 13 kills, while Kathryn Rumptz had eight points, three aces and 15 digs.

Lydia Suchecki added 12 kills, and Emma Kendro dished out 34 assists for the Lakers.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake defeated both Wyoming Rogers and Zeeland West at a tri-meet on Thursday improving the Lakers record to 21-3-3. Brinsley Kubiak led the Lakers with six aces, Karley Engelsman was tops with 18 assists, and Breanna Willaims smacked down a team-high nine kills. Defensively, Rachel Pennington led with 11 digs and Courtney Kyser totaled three blocks.

Freshmen: Spring Lake beat Wyoming Rogers and Zeeland West on Thursday, improving to 13-8. Katie Hettenbach had 17 points and 11 aces for the Lakers. Amber Taylor added five kills and six aces, while Marina McKeough had five kills and Emma Suchecki had 16 digs.

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