The expectations for the Buccaneers’ varsity volleyball team this year have been sky high.
The results, unfortunately, haven’t been able to match those expectations.
Thursday, on Senior Night at Grand Haven High School, the Buccaneers suffered yet another disappointing setback, falling to the visiting Rockford Rams in four games.
“We have had our ups and downs,” senior Jami Hogeboom said after the loss, which knocks the Bucs two games behind the Rams in the O-K Red Conference standings. “On those ups, we know what it feels like. We know where we want to be.”
The Buccaneers had a chance to get there on Thursday, but dropped the first two games to the Rams, 25-23, 25-19.
Grand Haven battled back in Game 3, winning 25-23, then exploded out of the gates in Game 4, leading 8-1 and 15-6, using a combination of solid serving, great passing and efficient swings to grab a huge lead.
Rockford weathered the storm, however, and slowly began to battle back, thanks to a high-powered offensive attack. The Rams came all the way back from down 15-6 to lead 17-16, an 11-1 run.
The Bucs couldn’t swing the momentum back in their favor, and the Rams slowly pulled away, leading 21-18 when a tip landed between four Grand Haven defenders.
Rockford maintained its slim lead and pulled out a 25-22 victory.
“Volleyball is a game of swings, of momentum,” said Grand Haven coach Aaron Smaka, whose team is now 31-16-1 overall and 2-2 in league play. “When you have it, you’ve got to keep it, and when they got it, we just couldn’t get it back."
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