“The girls played pretty well,” Smaka said, after his team finished 2-1. “Especially in Game 1 (against East Grand Rapids) we battled tough, but they just made a few less mistakes than we did. We kept battling, but at the same time, we kept giving it right back.”
Game 2 was deadlocked at 14-all, but the Pioneers went on a run and the Bucs couldn’t answer, falling 25-16.
FRUITPORT CAN’T SOLVE WHITEHALL
Fruitport hasn’t figured out a way to beat Whitehall yet this season, but the Trojans looked just fine in two other matches during the Trojans’ second Lakes Eight/West Michigan Conference crossover quad on Wednesday.
The Trojans swept away league rival Fremont (25-16, 25-20), and North Muskegon (25-9, 25-19), but fell in two games to the host Vikings for the second time this season (25-13, 25-23).
SL GOES 2-1 AT MASON COUNTY CENTRAL
Spring Lake also finished with a 2-1 record at its West Michigan Conference crossover quad at Mason County Central.
The Lakers defeated Hart and Tri-County in two game sweeps, but fell to the host Spartans in a three-game match, 20-25, 25-14, 15-4.
“The loss to MCC was a combination of poor passing and htters not being able to find a hole and put the ball away,” said Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis.
“We had good serve receive in Game 1, but then things went bad and we could not recover. We gave up too many long runs.”
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