Grand Haven volleyball rolls on Senior Night
The Grand Haven volleyball squad rolled past East Kentwood on Thursday, 3-0, as the program celebrated Senior Night at Grand Haven High School.
The Buccaneers scored wins of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19 over the Falcons.
Senior standout Olivia Boeve recorded 17 kills and seven digs to lead the Bucs (22-14), while Ashley Slater added 12 kills and five digs and Avolyn Lepo added five kills.
In their final home match of the season, seniors Olivia Boeve, Lauren Jonker, Olivia Sanborn and Kelly Klouw helped push the Buccaneers to an O-K Red Conference win.
“That was the best energy we’ve had all year,” said head coach Aaron Smaka. “We played everyone and everyone did a good job when they were asked to get out there and play.
“I thought Mackenzie Gross was aggressive with her three kills, Olivia McMullen had some big defensive plays and Samantha Boeve did a nice job in the third set, too. Obviously, Olivia continues to play strong for us and she had a lot of big kills for us tonight.
“Baby did a nice job. She’s come a long way since the beginning of the season, and she’s really coming into her own. Rachel Hillburger did a nice job passing and on serve-receive. Ashlyn Hall ran the offense and made adjustments. She mixed it up well with where she went with the ball and she really kept the other team on their toes.”
The Buccaneers take on the Mona Shores Invitational on Saturday, as Coach Smaka begins to believe his squad is just scratching the surface of their potential.
“We keep getting better and better,” he said. “First contact continues to improve and tonight, our blocking was solid. We have kids like Avolyn Lepo coming back into a bigger role and continuing to improve. She’s getting more comfortable out there since returning from her ACL injury and she’s getting acclimated with the game speed at the varsity level.”
Grand Haven swim falls to Hudsonville
The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team fell in a highly-anticipated O-K Red Conference dual with Hudsonville on Thursday, 173-142.
“We didn’t swim our best today, and Hudsonville was ready for us. They were the better team tonight,” Grand Haven head coach Doug Thorne said. “We went in knowing it would be a close meet, and tried to split our relays for a 2-3 finish right off the bat, and that backfired on us and kind of set the tone. We battled back late in the meet to within five or six points, but ran out of time at the end.”
Kathryn Ackerman led the way for the Bucs, taking first in both her individual events and setting Hudsonville Aquatic Center records in the process. She won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.89 seconds and the 200 individual medley in 2:03. 98.
After finishing third in the opening medley relay, the Bucs bounced back with a 1-3 finish in the 200 freestyle. Alonna Clark, Georgia Basil and Ellyn Skodack swept in 2:02.45, 2:04.45 and 2:05.77.
Mary Violet Springer then followed Ackerman with a third place finish in the 200 I.M. (2:23.08), before Ocean Veldhouse grabbed second place in the 50 freestyle (26.04).
The Eagles dominated diving, with their top four divers eclipsing the 200-point mark.
Annah Taylor got the Bucs back on track with a win in the 100 butterfly (1:01.99), followed by Basil in third. Clark grabbed gold in the 500 freestyle (2:29.72), followed by freshman Ellyn Skodack in third.
A third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay put Grand Haven too far behind with too few events to go. A second-place effort for Skodack in the 100 backstroke (1:04.35) and first-place finish by the 400 freestyle relay weren’t enough to overcome the deficit.
“Ellyn Skodack had a wonderful meet tonight, and Mary Violet Springer had a couple of big races herself. I am very pleased with those two freshmen. Our younger kids who didn’t even swim for points are really getting better. Kendall Cooper had a great meet tonight.
“I was pleased with the swims tonight, but the emotion wasn’t at the level it should be in a big meet,” Thorne said. “It was a learning experience for our girls. How to react and understand what a big meet is all about and rise to the challenge.”
The Bucs return to the pool to face East Kentwood on Oct 12.
GH soccer downs Hudsonville
The Grand Haven boys soccer team took on O-K Red Conference foe Hudsonville on the road Thursday night, defeating the Eagles, 3-0.
Noah VanOordt struck first for the Bucs, assisted by Mason Mahacek at the 37:12 mark of the first half. Conner Lund extended Grand Haven’s lead on a goal assisted by Jaden King before tacking on their final point on a ball from Travor Kalis.
Filiberto Juarez and Jake Thayer combined for the shutout in goal to improve Grand Haven to 10-3-3 overall and 5-3-2 in the O-K Red. They move on to face Rockford in their final home contest Monday.
Spring Lake soccer falls to Coopersville
The Spring Lake soccer team took on O-K Blue Conference foe Coopersville in a late-season league action Thursday.
The Broncos got the best of the Lakers, playing to a 1-0 victory.
“Their team played well together,” Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen said of Coopersville. “We need to fins that sense of togetherness before the playoffs.”
The loss drops Spring Lake to 7-7-1 on the season, staring down the district tournament right around the corner. The Lakers still have O-K Blue matchups against West Catholic and Comstock Park to finish off their regular season, before taking on the district tournament at rival Fruitport.
WMC volleyball finishes 3-0 at Newaygo Quad
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team finished 3-0 at the Newaygo quad Thursday.
The Warriors defeated Central Montcalm (25-11, 25-11), Newaygo (25-17, 25-20) and Muskegon Catholic Central (22-25, 25-15, 15-9).
Madison Heiss recorded 16 kills and 18 blocks to lead the Warriors, while Meghan Heiss added four aces and 26 digs and Chloe Mitchell added 76 assists and four blocks.
“I was super proud of the Warriors tonight for being so aggressive on offense and defense,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “That is our goal, and we are meeting it. Our next match is Tuesday at home with Ludington to finish our conference duals. If we win, we have a three-way tie with Ludington, Muskegon Catholic and ourselves for the conference title.”