Nothing unusual about that.
But these were high school volleyball players playing Wednesday, and it was a sanctioned event.
Spring Lake, Fruitport, Mona Shores and host-Grand Haven all brought their varsity squads to play by the Grand River.
The parking lots were full.
“I don’t know that I ever could have imagined it would fit this perfectly, and that it would have turned out the way it did,” said Grand Haven head varsity coach Aaron Smaka. “The city was behind us … and our high school administration said ‘whatever you need let us know.’ All the people on the committee, … they all put in so much time. We had 70 people here (to prepare the courts) last night. We’ve always believed that we have this great, great community, and part of this event was trying to meld that local (volleyball) community with our high school volleyball community. I’m just very proud of how that all turned out.“
The day also included a camp for middle schoolers from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and a JV match between Grand Haven and Mona Shores, who hosted a similar event last year, at 1 p.m.
Area coaches were thrilled to be a part of “The Battle.”
“It’s so fun,” Spring Lake assistant coach Betsy Bulthuis said of being at the event. “The volleyball world is a small world … I hope it can keep going. It’s different. It brings the community out. You don’t want to go sit in a gym when it’s like this outside.”
“This is super cool,” said Fruitport varsity head coach Nicole Bayle. “I don’t think anybody else in the state gets to do this. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this. I talked to Aaron and I said ‘I hope you’ll have us back.” This is a great experience for our kids. … Everyone is jealous of volleyball in West Michigan. Doesn’t this just make them a little bit more jealous? We get to play right on the channel. It’s great. Our kids definitely enjoyed it. It will be something that they’ll remember, I’m sure forever.”