FRUITPORT — Forced to play matches inside their larger basketball gym last year, Fruitport volleyball didn’t have quite the same home atmosphere they’re used to in 2020.
After a much-needed long weekend, student-athletes can settle in and prepare for the long grind of the school day and spending time with friends and teammates on their teams.
There were plenty of surprises at Friday afternoon’s Battle on the Boardwalk volleyball event, but following a full afternoon of competitive matches, there was one takeaway that wouldn’t surprise anyone.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The matches have come thick and fast for Grand Haven volleyball in their first week of play. On Saturday, they played four matches at a home tournament with some of the state’s top teams.
Few fall sports had as difficult a time getting off the ground as girls volleyball last year. As one of two indoor sports for the fall, schools were forced to begin the season on makeshift outdoor courts before traveling north for early-season matches.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — It’s not unusual for a volleyball team to have a player in a different colored jersey – that’s reserved for the libero, a primarily defensive player who has different substitution rules from the rest of the team.
The high school volleyball season generally comes to an end in late November, making the handful of schools preparing for a return to play next week a unique quirk of the 2020-21 sports calendar.
The debate seemed to change every hour: Which high school sports would take place this fall? Which sports are safe to play? How can contact sports be played safely?
While it might take until 2021 to see an end to the state’s high school volleyball season – if we get one – there’s still time to honor standout players.
ROCKFORD — Grand Haven had played the Rockford Rams tight in two matches already in 2020, and were looking forward to a district semifinal rematch.
Half of the state’s cross country finals took place at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon, with a handful of local runners taking part.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — There were nervy moments against a conference rival, but when it mattered, Grand Haven did more than enough to keep their streak alive.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven volleyball will head into Thursday’s district final against West Ottawa knowing at least one thing – that they’ll have to be prepared to start with plenty of energy.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Between injuries and contact-tracing quarantines, it’s been tough to get Grand Haven volleyball’s entire lineup on the court together at the same time.
Grand Haven volleyball lost a pair of matches on their travels Thursday night, dropping a five-set match to Jenison and losing in four sets against Hudsonville.
The Western Michigan Christian soccer program played a home game in a place that felt more comfortable than usual on Tuesday, opening its new Warrior Field with a 5-1 win over Ravenna.
A lighter weekend of prep sports saw just a handful of volleyball teams in action. With districts and regionals approaching in cross country and soccer, it’s getting into crunch time for the fall season.