Bucs, Lakers and Trojans represent as All-Stars

Duncan MacLean • Jun 12, 2019 at 12:15 AM

Local volleyball seniors had the chance to suit up one last time in their school colors Tuesday as Muskegon Community College hosted an All-Star game for outgoing players.

Seven local athletes were invited to the festivities, including Grand Haven's Avery Strohmeyer, Spring Lake's Madeline Zenas and Jenna Core and Fruitport's Jordyn Carlyle, Rachel Paulsen, Kailey Carmean and Kylie Oberlin, as well as Fruitport head coach Nicole Bayle.

The all-stars were split into three squads for a king-of-the-court style outing. Each local player put their talents on display as Zenas placed sets in perfect hitting position, while Strohmeyer, Carlyle and Paulsen racked up powerful kills from the middle and outside. Zenas also had two strong stretches from the service line, while Paulsen and Carlyle both provided impressive defensive help from the back line.

Oberlin and Carmean sat courtside but didn't get in the action, while Core missed the festivities as she was mashing a home run in the Lakers' softball state quarterfinals appearance.

Across the board, the local all-stars will be continuing their careers at the collegiate level. Paulsen and Carlyle got an early introduction to their new home Tuesday, as they will take their talents to play for the Jayhawks this fall. Zenas is set to set at Hillsdale College, while Strohmeyer will continue to terminate points for Lake Superior State University. Carmean and Oberlin plan to remain teammates while attending Grand Rapids Community College and Core will bring the heat at Hope College.

Also earning invites to the all-star game were Jill Arends, Grant High School; Claire Blackburn, Oakridge; Mackenzie Fris, North Muskegon; Allisyn Grams, Whitehall; Ellie Hayhurst, North Muskegon; Amelia Heminger, Muskegon Catholic; Mckenna Hepler, Whitehall; Halle Jennings, Oakridge; Olivia Keelean, Grant; Mckaela Klever, Big Rapids; Gianna Megna, Whitehall; Bridget McHugh, Reeths-Puffer; Alyssa Miller, Hesperia; Mikayla Moore, Morley Stanwood; Abby Seeger, Whitehall; Sheridan Smoes, Coopersville; Cara VanKempen, Coopersville; Kendall Wilkerson, Grant; and Anna Young, Reeths-Puffer.

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