Volleyball roundup: Bucs score O-K Red win over Rams

Grand Haven's varsity volleyball team scored a key O-K Red Conference victory over Rockford on Thursday, winning 25-11, 25-15, 25-12.
Tribune Staff
Oct 19, 2012

 

The Buccaneers are now 4-1 in conference play.

“It was a balanced offensive night for us,” Bucs’ coach Aaron Smaka said. “They served very well and aggressively. We took care of the ball and limited our mistakes.”

Abby Cole had a strong night for the Bucs with nine kills. Marisa Ejups was close behind with eight, and Krysteena Davis added five.

Cole also led the Bucs in blocks with three, followed by Jami Hogeboom, who added two blocks and 30 assists.

Taylor Craymer had 16 digs for the Bucs. Davis added 15 and Andrea Smith 11.

“The team did a great job of coming out and executing the game plan,” Smaka said. “We were very focused, communicated well and we keep improving.”

The Bucs host a tournament on Saturday, with the action beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven closed out its season with a close loss to Rockford on Thursday. Autumn Monsma had seven kills while Ally Knoll added six kills for the Bucs (29-16). Sophie Stoepker had 16 assists; Rachel Sedwick had eight service points; and Emily Lachman added 14 digs.

LAKERS FINISH 2-1

Spring Lake went 2-1 during Thursday’s quad meet at Shelby.

The Lakers topped Shelby, 25-20, 23-25, 15-9, then beat Ravenna, 25-21, 16-25, 19-17. Spring Lake then lost to Shelby, 25-14, 20-25, 17-15.

Kelsey Zuidema finished with 25 service points, nine aces, 25 kills, 25 digs, and three blocks for the Lakers (16-16).

Courtney Kyser added 13 points, five aces and six blocks, while Lydia Suchecki had five points and 22 kills.

Emily Blahnik kept the offense running smoothly with 58 assists, while Breanna Williams was the recipient of many of those sets, finishing with 19 kills and four blocks.

Brooke TenBrink was outstanding defensively with 52 digs, while Padley Gallagher added 20 digs.

“Overall, I was pleased with our play tonight,” Lakers’ coach Sarah Bulthuis said. “Our passing and defense is improving, so as a result, we can be more of an offensive team. We had a few different lineups in tonight, and I thought ever team member adjusted quite well.

“I was disappointed in our last game against Fremont. We had several opportunities to win the match but could not finish.”

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake defeated Shelby at a home quad on Thursday, but couldn’t secure a winning record with losses to Fremont and Ravenna during the evening. The Lakers (12-16-2 overall) were led by Amber Taylor’s eight aces, Macayla Smith’s eight kills, Gabi Appel’s 24 digs, and five blocks from Randi Rice.

 

 

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