The Buccaneers defeated Holland (25-20, 25-12), Lakewood (25-23, 25-18), Byron Center (25-23, 22-25, 15-8) and Forest Hills Central (26-24, 25-21) in pool play.
Grand Haven lost their first game against Grand Rapids Christian in the championship match (25-16), before defeating the Eagles in consecutive games (25-19, 16-14).
“The kids just played really well,” coach Aaron Smaka said. “I think they came in to the day playing very intentional. That was a word we used throughout the day. I think that at times this year we’ve struggled in long days at tournaments. I think the team — the senior class especially — really wanted to win a tournament.”
Smaka said that his five seniors — who had otherwise been pretty successful in their fourteen combined years of varsity experience — had never won one a tournament before Saturday.
“The kids were really emotional,” Smaka said of finally winning a tournament. “They were fighting back tears.”
Senior Jami Hogeboom led the Bucs on Saturday, displaying all-around play with nine aces, 14 kills, 109 assists and 38 digs.
Emily Lachmann chipped in with five aces, and 40 digs.
Taylor Craymer (37 kills, seven blocks, 49 digs), Krysteena Davis (31 kills, 11 blocks) and Ally Knoll (19 kills, 13 blocks) controlled the net for Grand Haven.