Weekend Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Aug 20, 2018 at 12:15 AM

The first full weekend of the fall sports season was jam-packed with prep soccer and volleyball action for Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Fruitport and Western Michigan Christian.

Here's a look at how each team performed



The Grand Haven volleyball squad got their season started by hosting a loaded field of participants Saturday for the annual Lakeshore Classic Invitational.

The Bucs started the day strong, winning three straight matches over St. Joseph (25-12, 25-11), Grand Ledge (25-18, 25-8) and Grand Rapids South Christian (25-12, 25-18).

In bracket play, Grand Haven couldn't overcome a talented Lowell team in the quarterfinals. The Bucs would ultimately fall to the Red Arrows by scores of 25-22 and 25-19.

Sarah Knoll led the Bucs with 23 kills and six aces, while Mackenzie Gross added 13 kills and five aces.

Also adding key contributions for the Bucs were: Sam Boeve with 44 assists and five aces; Avolyn Lepo with six blocks and nine kills; Ashlyn Hall with 17 assists and three aces; Ashley Slater with five aces and six kills; and Avery Strohmeyer with five aces and five kills.

"We played really well all morning," said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. "In the quarterfinals, we simply did not take care of the ball. We had a solid day, especially in terms of energy and communication. We just dug too big of a hole in the quarterfinals and couldn't come back against a good Lowell team."

bThe Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team finished 3-2 at the Coopersville Invitational on Saturday.

The Bucs finished 2-1 in pool play and defeated Holland Christian (25-20, 25-23) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Grand Haven lost a trilling a three-set match to Hudsonville Unity Christian by scores of 25-22, 22-25 and 16-14.

"This was our first action of the year, and I thought we showed a lot of grit and promise for this season in the way we battled through those matches," said Grand Haven head coach Jim Vantol. "Leah Perkins, Eryn Beecham and Lexie Kallio led us on the attack, while freshmen middles Molly Long, Grace Montgomery and Alena Whittaker were strong at the net, as well.

"Anna Clover and Josie Mast did a great job in serve -receive and defense, and Olivia Lovett led with assists and serving."



The Spring Lake volleyball team traveled to Reeths-Puffer on Saturday for their first tournament of the season, coming away with a 4-1 mark.

Spring Lake opened their day with a win over Flint Powers Catholic (25-12, 25-20), followed by wins over Reeths-Puffer (25-14, 25-9), North Muskegon (25-21, 25-18) and Mona Shores (25-16, 25-18).

Spring Lake was awarded the No. 1 seed in bracket play and took on North Muskegon for the second time in the day. The Norse found a way to turn the tables on the Lakers, coming away with a 26-24, 28-26 upset win.

The Lakers were led offensively on the day by Jenna Core with 39 kills, 27 digs and 11 blocks. Abbi Perkins also had a great day for the Lakers with nine aces from the service line, 26 kills, nine blocks and 11 digs, while Madeline Zenas initiated the offense with 105 assists, seven aces, 11 kills, and 21 digs.


The Spring Lake boys tennis squad traveled to East Kentwood on Saturday to compete against seven other teams at the East Kentwood Invitational. The Lakers earned 10 points, which tied them for fifth place.

Every Laker player won at least one match on the day, while the No. 3 doubles duo of A.J. Dalman and Dawson Sherman finished runners-up in their flight.

The Lakers travel to Coopersville on Wednesday to compete in their first O-K Blue Conference match of the season.



The Fruitport volleyball squad opened their season with a dominant performance at the Traverse City Invitational on Saturday, finishing the day with six wins and no losses.

The Trojans defeated Leroy Pine River (25-14, 25-11), Kalkaska (25-7, 25-6) and Midland (25-17, 25-23) in pool play and advanced in bracket play to defeat NorthPointe Christian (22-25, 26-24, 15-9), Caledonia (25-18, 22-25, 15-11) and Midland in the championship round by scores of 25-19 and 25-19.

Kailey Carmean led the Trojans with 124 assists, 34 digs, seven aces, seven kills and four blocks, while Jordyn Carlyle added 31 kills, 20 digs, seven aces and nine blocks and Kylie Oberlin had 32 kills and nine blocks.

Also adding key contributions for Fruitport were: Rachel Paulsen with 30 kills, 14 digs and four blocks; Morgan Fialek with eight kills; Kennadi Dykstra with 16 aces and 15 digs; Trinity Busscher with 10 aces and 69 digs; Sydney Bol with 10 kills and Haleigh Winskas with 16 digs.


The Fruitport boys soccer team opened its 2018 season with a home invitational tournament Saturday.

The Trojans defeated Shelby 2-1 to open the day, thanks to goals by Logan Manciu and Kaleb Krueger and assists by Cam Schultz and Ryan Laus.

In the second game, the Trojans were shutout by Ludington, 5-0. The Trojans fell behind early and were unable to find a rhythm to slow a solid Oriole attack.

Fruitport returns to action as they square off against Spring Lake on Thursday at home with kickoff slated for 6:45 p.m.



The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team opened up their season at the third annual Kevin Witte Memorial Tournament.

Witte was a former soccer player at Western Michigan Christian, before taking over as a teacher and head coach at Holland Christian. He died in 2016 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

In the opening game, WMC and Holland Christian played to a scoreless tie. Both teams had some great chances, but the defense and keepers held strong.

In the second game, WMC defeated Kalamazoo Christian in a 1-0 shutout.

Isaac Van Hoven scored the Warriors' lone goal off an assist from Andrew Rasmussen in the first half. Kalamazoo Christian had a chance to tie the game with a last-minute, point-blank shot, but it was saved by WMC keeper Jameson Goorman, who finished with seven saves on the day.


The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad capped off a busy two-day stretch with a 4-0 performance at the Holton Invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors defeated Newaygo (25-23, 25-12), Oakridge (25-20, 23-25, 15-6) and Hesperia (25-18, 14-25, 17-15) in bracket play to start off the day. In the championship match, WMC knocked off Hesperia again by scores of 25-23 and 25-18.

Anna Sytsema led the Warriors with 31 kills and 54 digs, while Meghan Heiss added 40 service points, 11 aces and 60 digs.

Also adding key contributions for WMC were: Chloe Mitchell with 54 assists, seven blocks and 25 digs; Anna Negan with 12 kills; and Taylor Folkema with six blocks and eight kills.

"The girls had a great day and played with a lot of energy and passion," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "We had a great comeback in the first set of the day when we were down 12-22 and came back to win 25-22 with two servers each splitting those points. We had a few more games later in the day where we dug ourselves out of a hole with grit. That is a sign of a championship team and today, we were.

"Meghan Heiss was amazing at the serving line, as well as everywhere else. Anna Sytsema was hitting balls faster than officials could see them and Taylor Folkema and Alisha Leffring were blocking like beasts. Grace VanBeek was running past her teammates to save balls and the entire team played so hard and contributed toward our wins. The coaches are very proud of these girls."

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