Volleyball district roundup: SL falls in 5-game thriller to Whitehall

Spring Lake's strong season on the volleyball court came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday in the Class B district semifinals at Whitehall High School.
Tribune Staff
Nov 3, 2011

The Vikings pulled out an exciting victory in five games, which included a 16-14 score in the do-or-die fifth.
Spring Lake dropped the first game, 25-20, then rebounded by winning the next two, 25-17, 25-13. Whitehall took Game 4 by a 25-12 score and kept the momentum on its side.

“In Game 5, we were down 11-3 and had to dig ourselves out of that hole,” said Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis. “We came back to tie it at 14-14, but could not pull out the victory.”

With the win, Whitehall advances to tonight’s district championship, where it will face defending Class B state champion Fruitport.
Bulthuis said her Lakers’ squad did several things very well against the Vikings.

“The girls did everything that was asked of them from the game plan,” she said. “We played them a week ago and lost so we knew there were adjustments we had to make. We had to key in on a couple of Whitehall’s hitters and tonight we blocked really well, we were digging consistently and our offense was at it’s best.

“Whitehall is a good team and we played with them but unfortunately we could not pull out the win.”

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