The Grand Haven varsity volleyball team finished second at their Lakeshore Classic Tournament on Saturday.
After losing to Jenison early in the day, the Buccaneers went on to defeat O-K Red rivals Hudsonville and Rockford to set up a showdown with state powerhouse North Branch in the championship match.
The Bucs lost to North Branch in Game 1 of the title match, but were victorious in Game 2, forcing a winner-take-all Game 3.
Coach Aaron Smaka said the Bucs’ passing, which was a strong point most of the day, wasn’t there in the final.
“It was a great start to our season,” Smaka said. “After a disappointing loss to a scrappy Jenison team, our team played great team volleyball. We passed consistently all day.
“Against North Branch, they took us out of our offensive rhythm and it took us a while to figure out how to play our tempo against them. They are a very well coached team.”
Jami Hogeboom lead the way for the Bucs with 140 assists. She also had seven aces and 32 digs.
Taylor Craymer was the team leader in kills with 50; she pitched in 35 digs and five aces as well.
Leading the Buccaneers in blocks was Amy Kober with 11. Kober also had 33 kills.
Other Grand Haven standouts on Saturday included Autumn Monsma (24 kills, 15 digs), Veronica Booth (25 digs), Rachel Sedgewick (18 digs, 6 aces), Emily Lachmann (18 digs) and Paige VanOordt (5 aces, 14 digs).
The tournament was the start of a busy week for the Buccaneers. They host the Northview Classic on Tuesday (Northview’s gymnasium is undergoing renovations), then host the Battle on the Boardwalk at Waterfront Stadium on Wednesday.