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Monday's Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Sep 11, 2018 at 12:23 AM

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Western Michigan Christian boys tennis teams, along with the Grand Haven boys water polo team, were all in action Monday night. Here’s how each team fared in their matchups.

GRAND HAVEN

BUCS TENNIS FALLS TO WEST OTTAWA

The Grand Haven boys tennis team lost to West Ottawa on Monday by a score of 7-1 to open up O-K Red Conference play.

The Bucs battled through several close matches, including three matches that went well over two and half hours.

"Weston Taylor and Chris Akselberg played very hard and pushed their opponents to the very end, but both ended up losing 7-5 in the third sets," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton.

Noah Bachmann recorded the lone victory for the Bucs at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Michael Hoffman of West Ottawa in straight sets.

"The team had several other closer sets, but could not come out with another match victory," added Wilton. "Although the overall score was not great, there were some competitive matches and areas that some of the flights improved."

BUCS WATER POLO FALLS TO ROCKFORD

The Grand Haven boys water polo team lost a difficult matchup with the Rockford Rams on Monday, falling by a final score of 15-3.

The two squads were tied at 1-1 after the first quarter, but the Rams exploded for five goals in the second stanza to take a 5-1 lead into halftime. Rockford would add four unanswered goals in the third quarter to put the game away, before the Bucs scored one goal late in the third quarter and one more in the fourth.

"We used intense defense to stay even with them through the first quarter," said Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm. "We came up blank in the second quarter, giving Rockford a 5-1 advantage on silly inexperienced mistakes. Allowing the Rams to get nine ejection fouls against us is the definition of digging a hole defensively.

"We found ourselves on the wrong end of very physical play and too often playing behind a Ram offensive threat. The tide turned dramatically in the third with four personal fouls that led to four easy goals. We were unable to muster an offensive threat, as we only got one goal in each of the first, third and fourth quarters.

"The boys played with great passion, position and teamwork in the first 11 minutes, showing us that we can play with a perennial powerhouse. However, we let whistles, bad passes and some demoralizing loss of players affect our play and, more importantly, our emotions. Water polo is an intensely physical and fatiguing game. Those players that keep their emotions in check and thrive on adversity are the ones that eventually make an impact on the team and league all season long. We are going to have to look to find those boys that thrive under adversity."

Senior keeper Mark Nordin came up with 10 saves, while Mark Wilgenburg led the defensive effort with five steals and Ethan Ball led the attack, scoring with two goals.

Junior varsity: Rockford defeated Grand Haven, 7-5. Sam Timmer led the Buccaneer attack with two goals, while Colin Kelly led the defense with six steals.

SPRING LAKE

LAKER TENNIS BLANKED BY GRCC

The Spring Lake boys tennis team didn't have an answer for Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Monday, falling to the Cougars by a final score of 8-0.

At No. 2 doubles, Connor Saxe and Jack Lauinger had a tough battle, with neither side wanting to give in. The duo lost the first set 3-6, but were able to fight back and win the second set 6-3. They gave it their all in the third set, going into a tiebreaker, but weren't able to pull out the win, eventually losing 6-7 (5).

At No. 3 doubles, A.J. Dalman and Dawson Sherman played a tight match, winning the first set 6-2, but weren't able to hold off their competitors and lost the next two sets 4-6, 0-6.

The Lakers head back to Fruitport today to continue the match that began last week before it was rained out.

WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN

WARRIOR TENNIS ROUTS FREMONT

The Western Michigan Christian boys tennis team defeated Fremont on Monday by a final score of 6-2.

Tyler Newhouse led the Warriors at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win, while Jaxon Deur added a win at No. 3 singles by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

Also adding wins for the WMC were: Daniel Vanbiesbrouck at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-0); Andrew Hill and Sila Jeltema at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-1); Michael Kamps and Alexander Miller at No. 2 doubles (6-0, 6-1); and Jonas Jones and Jacob Tejchma at No. 3 doubles (6-0, 6-2).

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