BUCS TENNIS WINS HOME INVITE
The Grand Haven boys tennis team came out on top over Mona Shores and North Muskegon in a rain-delayed tournament at Grand Haven High School on Wednesday. The Bucs came away with back-to-back 5-3 wins over the Norsemen and the Sailors to take top team honors.
Grand Haven 5, North Muskegon 3
The Bucs started out against a North Muskegon team that has improved a lot in the last year. Noah Bachmann took care of business fairly quickly at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0, but the rest of the singles struggled against their opponents. Each match was very close, but Mason Price, Chris Akselberg and Josh Schmidt all lost in their respective matches.
In doubles action, the No. 4 team of Tyler DeGram and A.J. Koster won 6-1, 6-3, but the rest of the doubles all went the distance to a third-set tiebreaker. At No. 1 doubles, Weston Taylor and Matt Bays won 10-8 in their breaker, as did Carter Prieditis and Ian Rant at No. 2 doubles. Grand Haven won the deciding match at No. 3 doubles when Aashray Mandala and Bryaden Rowley won 10-6 in their third-set tiebreaker.
Grand Haven 5, Mona Shores 3
In the second round, the Bucs played another much-improved team from Mona Shores. This time, the first match off the court was Rowley and Mandala at No. 3 doubles, who won 6-2, 6-0. DeGram and Koster also won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 doubles, as did Price at No. 2 singles. Canyon Hayes lost at No. 4 singles, along with Rant and Prieditis at No. 2 doubles.
At No. 1 doubles, Matt Bays and Weston Taylor went into another third-set tiebreaker but lost this time, 10-8.
That left Akselberg and Bachmann on the court to decide the match at No. 3 and No. 1 singles, respectively. Bachmann played a very talented player for the Sailors, who ran everything down, but Bachmann came out on top, 6-1, 7-6. Akselberg followed suit, playing a marathon match in what would ultimately decide the both teams' fates. It went back and forth, until Akselberg finally came out with a 19-17 win in the third-set breaker.
"I am very proud of the improvements the team made again today," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. "After the first hour of play today, the team was well behind North Muskegon and it did not look good. But as a whole, they realized it was their errors causing this, and they started extending points and playing much better.
"This continued into the Mona Shores match, where Mason and Chris stepped up very nicely for us. The play at 2 p.m. looked a lot different than it did at 10 a.m. and that is encouraging as a coach. This tournament is something I like to focus on as it is with the local teams and really pushes us to get better quickly during the early season stretch."
The Bucs return to the court today to play at Sturgis High School for what Coach Wilton calls "a very high-quality tournament with top teams and players from around the state."
LAKER TENNIS UPENDS COOPERSVILLE
The Spring Lake boys tennis team swept all four doubles matches and won two of four singles matches to come away with a 6-2 win over Coopersville in their first O-K Blue Conference competition of the season.
At No. 1 singles, Eduard Lidke recorded a 7-5, 6-4 win, while Callum Saxe added a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
In doubles action, Jonah Schmuker and Stephen Zambiasi recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles, while Jack Lauinger and Connor Saxe added a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles. A.J. Dalman and Dawson Sherman added a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles and August Druzgal and Alex Mathew rounded out the winning Laker teams with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 doubles.
The Lakers head to Zeeland on Saturday to play in the Zeeland East Quad.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL FINISHES 3-1 AT NORTHPOINTE
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team finished 3-1 at the NorthPointe Christian Invitational on Tuesday.
The Warriors came away 3-0 in pool play with wins over Grand Rapids Prep (25-9, 25-10), Hesperia (25-21, 25-23) and Oakridge (25-15, 25,20).
In bracket play, however, the Warriors weren't eliminated by a tough Cedar Spring squad by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 15-12.
Anna Sytsema recorded 24 kills and 18 digs to lead the Warriors (10-2-1), while Meghan Heiss added 11 aces, 12 kills and 20 digs; Chloe Mitchell added four aces and 36 assists and Alisha Leffring added 27 assists and four blocks.
Western Michigan Christian will return to the court on Saturday, as they host their annual Warrior Showdown Tournament.