Volleyball roundup: Newcomer Wilkerson gives Bucs a boost

Grand Haven advanced to the championship game of the WMOVA Tournament at East Kentwood on Saturday before falling to the host Falcons in the finals. The Buccaneers raced through pool play with wins over Northveiw, Kenowa Hills and Forest Hills Eastern. The Bucs topped Lakewood in the quarterfinals and Rockford in the semifinals before coming up short in a pair of close games against East Kentwood, 25-23, 26-24.
Tribune Staff
Aug 29, 2011

Grand Haven was again without its regular setter, Jami Hogeboom, who recently suffered a concussion. She was replaced in the lineup by transfer Hannah Wilkerson, who finished with 153 assists go go with 12 blocks and 34 digs.

“Not having your starting setter changes the dynamic of the team, but we did a great job of weathering the storm, and I thought Hannah did a fantastic job today,” Grand Haven coach Katy Walters said. “She was just declared eligible on Friday.”

Abby Cole finished with 61 kills, 23 blocks and five aces, while Megan Newhouse added 42 kills and 25 digs. Krysteena Davis chipped in with 23 kills and 11 blocks.

Kristen Reenders paced the Bucs with 54 digs to go with 10 aces and 22 kills.

“It was nice to get a little redemption against Lakewood in the quarterfinals, and beating Rockford in the semifinals was a huge boost to our confidence,” Walters said. “We showed a lot of heart losing the first game, being down in the second and third games and coming back to win.

“Rockford was such an emotional win for us and unfortunately it didn’t carry over to East Kentwood. We couldn’t run our offense and we made too many unforced errors to win.”

The Buccaneers are now 14-5 on the season heading into Thursday’s home quad.

Freshmen: Grand Haven lost in the semifinals of the Reeths-Puffer Invitational, scoring wins over Holland and Wyoming Rogers before falling to Zeeland East in the semifinals. Katja Mestrom had 15 kills, 38 digs, 11 aces and two solo blocks, while Meagan Burke added seven blocks and 13 kills, Halley Gorajec finished with 20 digs, five aces and 21 assists, while Bronte Michura added four kills and 31 digs.

WARRIORS WIN AT HOLTON

Western Michigan Christian cruised through the competition at the Holton Tourament on Saturday, defeating the host school in the semifinals and topping Newaygo in the finals, 25-21, 25-19.

Julie Merz led the Warriors with 94 assists to go with 14 service points and four aces. Elyse Ray had 20 points, four aces, 32 kills and 14 blocks, while Rachel Bruinsma added 34 kills and five blocks.

Vanessa Eekhoff finished with 25 kills and five blocks, while Ashley Ott had 40 digs and Bonnie Heykoop added 28 digs.

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