Grand Haven Tribune: Monday's Prep Roundup

Monday's Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Aug 28, 2018 at 12:42 AM

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Fruitport and Western Michigan Christian volleyball teams all gathered together for a wildly competitive tournament Monday, while there was also tennis, golf and swimming action on the slate.

Here’s a look at how each local team performed:



The Grand Haven volleyball team continued their winning ways at home, capturing the Grand Haven Invitational on Monday with a 4-1 record.

The Buccaneers defeated Spring Lake in three sets to capture the invitational crowd, edging the Lakers by scores of 21-25, 25-16 and 15-13, after defeating Northville (12-25, 25-23, 15-10) in the semifinals.

In pool play, Grand Haven fell to the Lakers in straight sets (24-26, 22-25), after defeating Zeeland West (25-10, 22-25, 15-8) and Leland (23-25, 25-23 and 15-6) to open the day.

"It was a lot of volleyball for us tonight," said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. "We played inconsistently for the most part, but we still managed to fight through that and pick up some wins. I am really proud of the way we improved as the night went on. We are going to have to keep working on taking care of the ball, though.

"Our first contact wasn't very good tonight. This team is very gritty, and they fight and never give up. Even in that second set in the loss to Spring Lake, this team gave themselves a chance to win every set no matter what."

Ashley Slater led the Buccaneer attack with 39 kills, while Mackenzie Gross added 26 and Sarah Knoll had 23. Avolyn Lepo added 16 kills and 12 blocks, while Samantha Boeve had 101 assists and 11 aces and Reilly Sweibert had a team-high 17 digs.

"Samantha Boeve had a great day serving and 100-plus assists and Reilly did a really nice job passing tonight and servicing," added Smaka. "Sarah Knoll and Mackenzie Gross did well. Ashley Slater had one of her better nights coming back, and Avolyn had a nice night blocking shots at the net."

Grand Haven will host another home invitational on Wednesday.



The Spring Lake volleyball team came away with a 4-1 record at the Grand Haven Invitational on Monday.

The Lakers started the day off strong defeating Zeeland West (25-6, 25-17), Leland (25-14, 26-24), and Grand Haven (26-24, 25-22). After winning their pool, Spring Lake came out on top against Traverse City Central (25-17, 20-25, 15-10). In the finals of the gold bracket, Spring Lake battled back and forth with Grand Haven and fell short at the end (25-21, 16-25, 13-15).

Spring Lake was led defensively at the net by Abbi Perkins with 20 blocks on the night. Perkins also had 27 kills, and eight aces. Jenna Core led the Laker offense with 40 kills and 41 digs. Madeline Zenas had 113 assists, 16 kills, and 23 digs, while Julie Clover kept the Laker defense alive with 43 digs. Taylor Colquitt had five aces, nine blocks, 16 kills and 17 digs. Jencen Sabo added 16 kills and five blocks on the night, while Taylor Estep contributed 15 digs.

The Lakers next match is at Sparta on September 6.


The Spring Lake girls swim and dive team took on O-K Red Conference member Grandville on Monday, falling to the Bulldogs in a competitive meet by a score of 109-77.

The 200-yard medley relay team led the way, taking a win in the first event of the night. Louise Vega, Eliza Hulverson, Sara Mumby and Avery Flynn turned in a time of 2 minutes and 2.04 seconds.

Leila Kahler continued the winning streak in the 200 freestyle, turning in a state-qualifying time of 2:03.06, and the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:36.88. Hulverson took first place in the 200 IM in 2:21.21 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.68, while Mumby won the 50 freestyle in 25.90 and the 100 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 56.03.

"The girls have been working so hard the last three weeks of practice and have been excited and ready to show what they could do," said Spring Lake head coach Byron Kelly. "It's great to see the girls take what we work on in practice and transfer it to the meet."

Spring Lake returns to competition for the West Michigan Relays at Jenison on September 8.


The Spring Lake girls golf team took on Mona Shores and North Muskegon at the Muskegon Country Club on Monday, winning the event with a combined score of 189.

Hannah Klein led the way carding a nine-hole score of 40 on the par 37 course. Phoebe Saunders followed at 42 strokes, ahead of Alana Sprague at 53 and Kate Galloway at 54.

Spring Lake opens conference play this week Thursday as they travel to Moss Ridge Golf Club for the Sparta Jamboree.


The Spring Lake boys tennis team traveled to Calvin Christian High School on Monday night despite tough weather conditions, losing to the hosts, 2-6.

Bringing home wins for the Lakers were No. 3 singles player Callum Saxe, winning his match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, as well as the No. 2 doubles pair of Connor Saxe and Jack Lauinger, winning 6-4, 6-1.

The Lakers return to the court Wednesday as they host NorthPointe Christian.



The Fruitport volleyball team finished 3-2 at the Grand Haven Invitational on Monday to come away with a silver bracket championship.

The Trojans defeated Leland (25-18, 25-11) and Zeeland West (25-18, 25-15) in bracket play to come away with top honors in their division.

Fruitport finished 1-2 in pool play with losses to Northville (26-24, 21-25 and 9-15) and Traverse City Central (23-25, 20-25) and a win over Western Michigan Christian (25-22, 25-20).

Senior Kylie Oberlin recorded 35 kills to lead the Fruitport attack, while Jordyn Carlyle added 29 and Rachel Paulsen had 25.

Kailey Carmean recorded a team-high 126 assists, while Trinity Busscher led the team in digs with 45 and aces with eight.



The WMC boys tennis team took on Holland Christian on Monday afternoon, falling by a final score of 8-0. The Warriors failed to take a set.

In the singles flights, No. 1 player Andrew Hill fell 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 Christopher Newhouse lost 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 Jaxon Duer fell 6-4, 6-1; and No. 4 Tyler Newhouse put up the best fight, falling 6-4, 6-4.

In doubles play, No. 1 pair Michael Kamps and Silas Jeltema pushed their second set to a tiebreaker, falling 6-3, 7-5. No. 3 pair Jacob Tejchma and Sean Kreiger did the same, eventually falling 6-2, 7-5. The No. 2 pair of Alexander Miller and Jonas Jones fell by a score of 6-0, 6-3. WMC did not compete in No. 4 doubles.

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