Grand Haven Tribune: Wednesday's Prep Roundup

Wednesday's Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Sep 5, 2018 at 11:12 PM

A late afternoon, severe thunderstorm washed out most of Wednesday’s prep sports schedule, but one indoor sport still remained. Here’s how the Grand Haven volleyball team performed at their home quad event.


The Grand Haven volleyball team played host Wednesday night to the Grand Haven quad, bringing top-tier competition from the O-K Red, White and Gold to the Lakeshore.

The Bucs finished 2-1 on the evening with wins over Grandville (25-15, 16-25, 15-6) and Novi (25-19, 25-16), and a three-set loss to East Grand Rapids (18-25, 25-17, 10-15).

Ashley Slater dominated the service line with 16 aces for Grand Haven, while leading the attack with 14 kills. Avolyn Lepo controlled the net with five blocks on the evening, while Samantha Boove guided the offense with 38 assists. Ashlyn Hall and Reilly Sweibert anchored the Bucs’ effort with 16 and 15 digs, respectively.

The outing improved Grand Haven’s record to 20-5 on the season.

“We played really well at times tonight but were too inconsistent,” said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. “We did a good job of running the middle a bit faster today, which is something we have been working on.

“If we win that third set against East Grand Rapids, it probably would have been a successful night. That game really caught up to us. If you look at our Game 3 record over the season so far, it is pretty good, but a lot of those matches shouldn’t have gone to Game 3.

“For us to be the great team we can be, we have to clean things up. There is progress, we are getting better, but it feels like we are adding things and growing areas while still fighting the same battles.

“Ashley Slater had a great night serving tonight, but we aren’t consistent from the service line. We pass well in spurts, we made great plays, but we are just struggling to put it all together. This team is definitely learning how hard it is to be good all the time.

Grand Haven returns to action over the weekend as they travel to Novi for the Novi Invitational. After that, they open conference play at home Sept. 13, hosting West Ottawa for their Bucs Pride Night.

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