Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Sep 29, 2017 at 12:39 AM

It was a big Thursday night for the Spring Lake volleyball team and the Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team. Both the Lakers and the Warriors came away with big wins.

Spring Lake volleyball edges Grand Rapids Catholic Central

The Spring Lake volleyball squad picked up a hard-fought win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Thursday, 3-2.

The Lakers won the five-set thriller, 19-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-23 and 15-8.

“We lost in Set 2 in a close one to fall behind 0-2, but this team never gave up,” said Spring Lake head coach Sarah Bulthuis. “This team made the necessary adjustments to comeback and win the next three sets. They stayed confident and aggressive at the net to win. We went ahead, 11-5, in Set 5 behind the serving of Jenna Core, consistent passing by the back row and dominant play by Lauren Hellman in the front row to win the match.”

Lauren Hellman led the Lakers (21-4, 6-1 O-K Blue) with 21 kills, nine digs, three blocks and nine points, while Madeline Zenas added 50 assists, 19 digs, three blocks one ace, four points, and four kills.

Jenna Core added nine kills, nine digs, two aces, 18 points and four blocks, Abbi Perkins had seven kills, five blocks, one ace and two points and Jencen Sabo had five kills, nine points and four digs.

Junior varsity: the Spring Lake junior varsity volleyball team lost to Grand Rapids Catholic Central in two sets with the scores of 24-26, 6-25.

Madalyn Lisman led the team with three kills, while Megan VanderHeide had two aces and five digs. Hannah Powers let the team with nine digs and Anna Clover had five assists and four digs. Kaleigh Fritsche had four assists and five digs. 

WMC mercies Ludington

The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team dismantled yet another Lakes Eight opponent Thursday with an 8-0 mercy victory over Ludington.

Evan Fles led the way with five goals, while Owen Alfree, Chandler Briet, and Adam Van Hoven each netted one.

Alfree and Van Hoven led the team with two assists each, while Briet, Tommy Tencate, and Brant Zeerip each recorded one.

The Warriors racked up their eight goals to trigger the mercy rule 10 minutes into the second half. Fles exploded out of the gate, recording a hat trick in the first eight minutes of play.

“The last time we played Ludington it was 3-1 at their field,” WMC head coach David Hulings said. “I believe everyone came into this game knowing we had a target on our backs. We wanted to show that when teams come into our house, we are ready for whatever they bring to us. Tonight was a statement from our ream we are ready and we are prepared.

“We played really well, but we need more to give and we have a few more levels to reach in our play.”

The win Thursday clinched WMC at least a share of the Lakes Eight Conference title, with a Saturday matchup with Orchard View separating them from the outright victory. From there, it is tournament time for the Warriors, who seem beyond excited to make a run at the postseason.

“Evan Fles got his hat trick in the first eight minutes of the game, that was obviously enough to win the game. But, we are getting ready for the tournament, so we are not taking our foot off the gas,” Hulings said. “We have done that in the past and we have not been ready. We will be ready.”

Thursday’s victory improves the Warriors to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the Lakes Eight.

Junior varsity: The WMC junior varsity team fell to Ludington, 1-0, Thursday.

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