Volleyball roundup: Fruitport scores key league win over Grant

In a battle between arguably the top two squads in the Lakes Eight Conference on Tuesday, it was Fruitport who showed its resiliency in pressure-packed moments.
Tribune Staff
Sep 12, 2012

 

There were quite of few of those moments between the two schools, as the Trojans and Tigers played three games decided by two points each. Fruitport won two out of those three, including the nail-biting clincher, a 26-24 final.

With its 25-23, 25-27, 25-19 and 26-24 victory, Fruitport improves to 2-0 in league action and 12-10 overall.

Fruitport senior outside hitter Brandie Jones continued her stellar season with a match-high 19 kills on 47 attacks.

She was also one of several Trojans who served tough, as she and three other players had three aces each.

Setter Breanne Bo also had three aces, and also contributed 33 assists.

In blocking, Claire McWilliams led the Trojans with four, while Autumn Winger totaled three.

SL WINS FIRST LEAGUE MATCH

Lydia Suchecki and Kelsee Zuidema elevated their games on Tuesday to help lead Spring Lake’s volleyball to its first victory in the Lakes Eight Conference this season, a 25-18, 24-26, 25-17, 25-14 win against host Orchard View.

Suchecki burned the Cardinals with 11 aces during the match, while Zuidema shined offensively with a team-best 15 kills.

“In set two, we made some serving errors and digging errors and could not pull out the win,” said Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis, whose squad is 8-9 overall and 1-1 in league play. “But in set 3 and 4 we were back in control.”

Suchecki and Courtney Kyser added seven kills apiece for the Lakers, while Kyser had a team-best four blocks.

Brooke TenBrink led the way with 26 digs and setter Emily Blahnik had 31 assists.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake stormed back to beat Orchard View on Tuesday. The Lakers dropped the opening game, 25-22, but came back and won the next two games, 25-17 and 15-12. Emily Betten had five aces and seven assists, while Amber Taylor added four kills and Abbi Garrison had 10 digs.

The Lakers are now 1-1 in Lakes Eight Conference play.

WMC ROLLS OVER FREEDOM CHRISTIAN

Western Michigan Christian’s volleyball team opened league play in the River Valley Conference with a 3-0 sweep of host Hudsonville Freedom Christian.
WMC, ranked fourth in Class C in the state and now 13-2 on the season, won by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-16.

Rachel Bruinsma had 13 kills and six digs while Vanessa Eekhoff and Maria Ma had eight and five kills, respectively.

Bruinsma, Ma and Eekhoff each had three service points. Julie Merz had 26 assists while Anna Sweetman had five digs.

 

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