Grand Haven’s Mindy Marx continued her outstanding senior year at Ball State University’s volleyball team.
Marx was named the Mid-American Conference West Division’s Offensive Player of the Week this past week.
Marx helped Ball State sweep through the College of Charleston Tournament, extending its winning streak to nine matches. The Cardinals have dropped just four sets over that stretch.
Marx led the charge with 37 kills over the weekend, including 16 on just 21 attempts against Southern Methodist. She was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Her coach, Steve Shondell, has taken notice.
“I’ve never seen [Marx] play a better tournament,” Shondell said. “She’s playing the best volleyball of her life and is almost playing at an All-American level for us right now.”
Ball State is currently 12-3 on the season, sitting in first place atop the MAC West Division. The Cardinals will visit Eastern Michigan on Friday and Central Michigan on Saturday.
CLAUSS OUT FOR DETROIT
Spring Lake’s Adam Clauss saw his freshman season at the University of Detroit come to a painful close.
Clauss suffered stress fractures in both feet and will undergo season-ending surgery.
Clauss played with Detroit in a preseason series of scrimmages at Pittsburgh. He scored a goal during the scrimmages, but was hurt later in the day.
Clauss, the son of Tim and Becky Clauss, helped Spring Lake to back-to-back outstanding seasons in 2011 and 2012, and earned All-State Dream Team honors as a senior.
PAIR OF BUCS LEADING HOPE
A pair of former Buccaneers are sharing time in goal for the Hope College men’s soccer team.
Junior Will Morlock, who transferred to Hope this fall from Augusburg College, has started four games for the Flying Dutchmen. He has made 17 saves while allowing eight goals against. Five of those goals came in a 5-1 loss to rival Calvin College. He’s posted one shutout and has a goals-against average of 2.0.
Ethan Beswick, also from Grand Haven, has started Hope’s other three games and owns a 2-0-1 record, including one shutout.
He has made 11 saves and allowed just a single goal, boasting a goals-against average of 0.33.
Matt VanZytveld, another former Buccaneer, has played in one game for Hope.
VANDERLAAN HELPS OAKLAND
Grand Haven’s Jacob Vanderlaan has started two games this fall for Oakland University.
The former Buccaneer has one assist for the Grizzlies, who are 2-2-3 overall on the season.
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