The Bucs nearly had three players in double-digit kills during the four-game victory, as senior Abby Cole slammed down a team-high 18, Krysteena Davis added 10, and Taylor Craymer totaled nine.
“It was a good win on the opening night of conference play,” said Grand Haven coach Aaron Smaka, whose squad is 17-10 overall. “We came out with a lot of intensity.”
Setter Jami Hogeboom spread the wealth effectively offensively and tallied 39 assists. Davis also asserted herself in other areas, as she had two blocks and three aces.
Craymer led the Bucs with 22 digs, while Cole produced three blocks and Stephanie Sedgewick had two.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven rallied back from an opening game loss to Grandville to edge out the Bulldogs, 17-25, 25-22, 15-13. Paige Holman had five kills and five service points for the Bucs. Emily Lachmann led with nine kills, while Hannah Landman dug up eight balls. Sophie Stoepker and Anna Wilgenburg split the setting duties and each totaled 26 assists.
Freshmen: Grand Haven lost a tough match to Grandville, falling 26-24, 25-16. Erin Miller had 18 digs for the Bucs, while Hanna Rinkevicz had three aces, six kills and 10 digs. Mya Copado had three kills and eight digs, while Sierra Bessinger chipped in with three kills. Olivia Buikema had two acces, 22 assists and six digs.
WMC SUFFERS 1ST LEAGUE LOSS
In a battle for first place in the River Valley Conference on Thursday, Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian remained perfect and gave host Western Michigan Christian its first conference loss in a competitive five-game battle.
The Defenders won three of five sets by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-10.
WMC had trouble slowing down Tri-Unity standout Alyssa Patrick, who had 28 kills, as well as 12 blocks and 21 digs.
“Every set, it came down to the team that was making mistakes,” WMC coach Ed Bailey said. “Both teams had little letdowns at times, but overall, it was a really great game. It was a shame anyone had to lose.”
For Western Michigan Christian, Rachel Bruinsma had five aces, 26 kills and 19 digs. Julie Merz had 30 assists, 12 digs and eight aces.
Lorelle Hallenbeck also contributed a season-high seven kills.
Tri-unity Christian improved to 11-2-3 overall and 4-0-0 to lead the River Valley Conference. Western Michigan Christian drops to 17-6-0 (3-1-0).