Soon after the Spring Lake volleyball team defeated rival Fruitport on Tuesday, their fans began to storm the court — Fruitport’s court.
A large and boisterous crowd of Spring Lake students witnessed the Lakers beat the Trojans on Fruitport’s home court for the first time in years, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22.
In fact, some of those students may not have even been alive the last time Spring Lake beat Fruitport at their place.
“It’s always hard to beat Fruitport, at Fruitport,” said Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis. “I think it has been since the late 1990's that we beat them last here. We worked hard. My girls are just improving with every practice that we’ve had.
“We played Fruitport already once this year, so we knew a couple places where we kind of had to pick on. And we kind of knew where some of their girls were going to hit, some of their shots they were going to use. … We were able to have a little bit better of a plan.”
The Lakers pulled out two close games against the Trojans at August’s Battle on the Boardwalk, 25-22, 25-23.
Prior to this season, Bulthuis said Spring Lake had not beaten Fruitport since a neutral court meeting in 2006. The two schools shared the Lakes 8 Conference title that year.
The Lakers jumped out to a big lead in Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday, cruising to a 25-16 victory in both.
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