Underdog tag nothing new for SL

Facing the No. 5-ranked Sailors of South Christian in tonight’s Class B volleyball regional championship, there’s no doubt, Spring Lake is the heavy underdog.
Matt DeYoung
Nov 14, 2013

But the Lakers have been labeled underdogs several times over the past two weeks. That didn’t stop them from taking down Coopersville or Whitehall in the district tournament, or Forest Hills Eastern in Tuesday’s regional semifinals.

“We know that we’re the underdog,” said Lakers’ coach Sarah Bulthuis, whose team is gunning for the program’s first-ever regional crown. “But the last couple of weeks, we’ve been the underdogs and it’s always ended fine for us.”

Still, Bulthuis realizes that her team must put its best foot forward if it hopes to knock off South Christian tonight.

“A couple things” will be key to the outcome, she said. “One is, we have to pass consistently, and we have to serve consistently. Sometimes in the past, our passing has not always been there. It’s had some lapses in some matches. But in the last couple of weeks, our passing has been very good.

“We also have to make sure when we make a mistake, we’re able to bounce back quickly. They’re going to get their set of kills, we’re going to get our set of kills. A kill, an ace, it’s just one point. We have to make sure we’re playing consistent and overcome those kills and aces.”

South Christian flexed its muscles in Tuesday’s regional semifinal, beating No. 5-ranked Holland Christian in three games.

Danie Oeverman led South Christian in kills with 14 and five blocks, while Ashley VanderHorst had 11 and Cassidy Vredevoogd 10.

Setter Emily Blankespoor had 37 assists, while Morgan Torres led the way with 14 digs.

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South Christian are the Sailors, FYI.

The Eagles are GR Christian.

May the Lakers beat the Sailors!

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