The Bucs proved it again on Thursday against host East Kentwood.
Grand Haven improved to a 2-0 in the O-K Red Conference and 18-10 overall with an impressive three-game sweep of the Falcons, 25-8, 25-23, 25-11.
“Very proud of our team tonight,” Smaka said. “We played very consistently.”
Smaka highlighted a stellar job at setter by junior Jami Hogeboom, who spread the ball around to Grand Haven’s hitters effectively and totaled 25 assists. Smaka also liked the production from outside hitter Marisa Ejups, who led the team with eight kills.
“Marisa played extremely well and we played great team defense,” Smaka said.
Junior Taylor Craymer paced the Bucs with 16 digs, while Krysteena Davis and Hogeboom each added 10.
Craymer had the hot serve for the Bucs with four aces. She also smacked down six kills, while Abby Cole added five and Davis four.
Grand Haven travels to the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday, where the Bucs will be in search of their first tournament title this season.
Junior Varsity: East Kentwood swept Grand Haven on Thursday, 25-20, 25-19, despite seven kills and eight service points from Autumn Monsma. Emily Lachmann added 10 digs and seven points, and Katja Mestrom totaled four kills for the Bucs, who fall to 17-9 overall.
Freshmen: Grand Haven took down the Falcons in two games, 25-21, 25-19. Maisy Hoffman had a solid overall match with six aces, two kills and a block. Mya Copado added four aces, three kills and four digs, Hanna Rinkevicz had three aces, four kills and five digs, Erin Miller had 14 digs, and Lauren Klaassen served up three aces.
WMC WINS EASILY
Western Michigan Christian rolled to a three-game sweep of Grand River Prep on Thursday, 25-11, 25-10, 25-20, to improve to 18-6 this season.
Vanessa Eekhoff came up big with five kills and eight aces for the Warriors.
WMC exposed Grand River’s struggling serve receive, as it totaled 28 aces during the match. Rachel Bruinsma had seven aces to go with her four kills, while setter Julie Merz had four aces and 11 assists.