Volleyball roundup: SL caps emotional week with crossover sweep

Spring Lake's volleyball team has coped with heavy hearts this week after one its players, junior Emily Blahnik, has dealt with a family tragedy. Blahnik's mother, Brenda, was involved in an accident at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center on Saturday, when a lift she was working on fell over. Emily has spent the week staying by her mother's side at Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. Brenda was put into an induced coma and recently underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her brain.
Tribune Staff
Sep 1, 2011

 

“It’s been emotional for all of us,” Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis said. “We’ve been sending players to visit and stay with Emily at the hospital. It’s been a tough week, not only for Emily but for our entire team. But a positive I’ve seen is how close our team has become during this. They’ve shown a lot of compassion.”

Emily returned to the court on Wednesday to help lead the Lakers (9-3 overall) to three wins at a home crossover meet involving the Lakes Eight and West Michigan Conference teams.

“She got some time at setter and did a great job for us,” Bulthuis said.

The Lakers topped Shelby in a two tight games, 25-23, 25-19; then survived a three-game showdown with Ravenna, 25-23, 28-30, 15-6. Spring Lake closed the evening with an impressive comeback win over league rival Fremont, 18-25, 26-24, 15-10.

Evie Lorimer totaled an impressive 38 kills, along with 17 points, six aces and 28 digs. Rumptz led the Lakers with 29 digs.

Shelbie Robinson had eight blocks during the evening and Emma Kendro totaled 50 assists from her setter position.

Spring Lake plays in a quad at Grand Haven tonight.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake went 3-0 at the Fremont Quad, scoring wins over Fremont (25-8, 25-15), Shelby (25-18, 25-23) and Ravenna (25-22, 25-14). Courtney Kyser had 11 kills and three blocks for the Lakers, who are now 6-1-1. Rachel Pennington added 15 digs; Sierra Gipson had 20 assists; and Brinsley Kubiak recorded six aces.

FRUITPORT REMAINS UNBEATEN

Fruitport’s varsity volleyball team swept its second Lakes Eight/West Michigan Conference crossover, helping the host Trojans improve their season record to 12-0 this season.

The Trojans breezed to a trio of two-game sweeps, as they bested Orchard View (25-9, 25-11); Montague (25-21, 25-10); and North Muskegon (25-15, 25-20).

Fruitport’s serving was on fire during the event, sparked by 19 aces by Amber Carmean and 13 from Brandie Jones. Bre Geile and Lauren Hazekamp led the Trojans’ attack with 20 and 18 kills, respectively, while senior setter Hazekamp also tallied a team-best 98 assists.

Autumn Winger had a team-high four blocks and Geile led in digging with 40.

The Trojans are back in action on Tuesday at Grant.

 

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