The Grand Haven boys volleyball team traveled to Lowell for a conference crossover night, taking on three teams from the Metro division of the Michigan boys volleyball conference.
The Bucs kicked things off with a win over Bath, 25-21, 25-22, before being tested by Lansing in a three-set win 19-25, 25-22, 15-12 and finishing with another three-set victory over Lowell 25-22, 22-25, 15-10.
Max Hartney led the Bucs in kills after typical leading scorer Gavin Jonker went down with an apparent ankle sprain in the first match. Hartney converted 17, while Gavin Yonker picked up 10 and Reece Chittenden added nine. As a team, the Bucs committed 57 hitting errors.
Serving was an Achilles’ heel for Grand Haven on Monday, as Ethan Ball, Chittenden and Hartney tied for the ace-lead with just three each, while racking up 28 missed serves as a team.
They made up for the serving deficiencies in the field, piecing together a 2.25 passing average.
Scott Matthews led with 30 assists, while Cayden Hostetter and Max Rundel led the block.
“We got through it tonight,” said Grand Haven head coach Jim Vantol. “There was some really good play from all the teams.
“Lansing was extremely scrappy, as billed. I heard from other coaches that they keep everything alive. They aren’t all that tall but have guys who can handle the ball.
“We had a lot of guys get playing time and make good use of it. Thomas MacDonald did a really nice job serving and on defense. Chris Hudson was our most efficient server and Cayden Hostetter and Max Rundel did a really nice job on the block.
“We did not serve well tonight and had more hitting errors than we are used to. We had to make up for it with some good passing and defense. The other areas of our game had to step up because we were giving away a lot of points.”
Grand Haven will return home for their next competition, hosting a Lakeshore Division meet up Monday, May 6.
WMC soccer ties rival
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team took on Lakes Eight Conference rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Monday night, finishing in a 1-1 draw.
With its starting keeper out with an injury, WMC turned to freshmen Libby Mast to defend the net saving all but one Crusader attempt, helped out by four shots off the crossbar.
“This was a game of inches, literally,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “MCC had four shots off the crossbar and every 50-50 ball was won or lost by inches. Every pass was won or lost by inches. Both teams worked hard and deserved to win. The tie was hard for both, but probably the most natural outcome from a game like this.
“Libby Mast stepped into the net and did a great job to keep us in the game. She filled in admirably.”
The tie moves WMC’s record to 2-3-2 overall and 2-0-1 in conference play. They return to action Wednesday against Orchard View for another league showdown.
Poor weather shuffles calendar
A slew of compelling prep matchups were canceled due to the threat of inclement weather Monday.
Among those canceled were Grand Haven boys golf vs. Spring Lake, tennis vs. Hudsonville, baseball vs. GR Catholic Central; Spring Lake girls tennis vs. West Catholic; and Fruitport girls tennis at Kenowa Hills.