Buccaneer volleyball falls to Rockford
The Grand Haven volleyball team took a four-set loss to O-K Red Conference frontrunner Rockford on Tuesday night by scores of 25-22, 25-17, 25-21, 25-18.
Ashley Slater led the Bucs’ effort with 11 kills, seven aces and seven digs. Avolyn Lepo tacked on nine kills and three blocks, while Baby Hang led the defense with 15 digs.
The loss wasn’t the result Grand Haven hoped for, but showed improvement against the Rams, who remain undefeated in conference play.
“Rockford is a really good team,” said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. “We played better compared to Thursday night. We made some big improvements. Our attention to detail and focus on staying in system were much better and the girls played very hard tonight.
“We did a nice job on the block, but we still didn’t serve very well. You can’t miss a bunch against a team like that. Our defense was much improved, as well. Our serve-receive was better but we still made some mistakes in big moments.
“The games were close. We got down big, 8-1, early in the fourth and fought back to within a point. Every set we had some chances and some great long rallies, but Rockford always won them.
“We are figuring out how hard it is to be great and how to be a great team. September wasn’t our best month. Hopefully, we learned a lot and can use that to make October better. We’re not where we wanted to be in the conference at this point, but we have eight games left to sort that out.”
Grand Haven returns to the court Saturday for the Mona Shores Invitational.
Bucs tennis schools Caledonia
The Grand Haven boys tennis team picked up an O-K Red Conference win over Caledonia on Tuesday, 7-2.
The doubles teams led the way, sweeping all five flights.
The No. 3 pair of Brayden Rowley and Aashray Mandala took the quickest victory, finishing off their opponent 6-0, 6-1. No. 5 pair Canyon Hayes and Jaime Villar-Cabello were close behind, winning 6-0, 6-2.
Tyler DeGram and A.J. Coster at No. 4 and Ian Rant and Carter Prieditis at No. 2 won by the exact same score of 6-4, 6-2.
Finally, the No. 1 team of Matt Bays and Josh Schmidt gave up the doubles team’s only lost set, winning their match 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
In singles action, Noah Bachmann at No. 1 and Chris Akselberg at No.4 won by dominant scores of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1, respectively. Mason Price fell at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-1, while Weston Taylor fell at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-0.
“Overall, the team performed pretty well after a longer layoff due to the weather,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “The doubles teams, in particular, looked like they were in control most of the time, which is a great step for them. Brayden and Aashray played really well together today and Canyon and Jaime took charge from the start of their match. Ian and Carter might have played their best tennis as a team today and Matt and Josh took another step forward, especially with a very good third set. Tyler and A.J. also played a good match.
“Noah continues to play well, running his record to 19-1 on the season.”
Grand Haven is scheduled to host Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Whitehall at home today, then will take on the conference tournament Saturday at Hudsonville before wrapping up their regular season against Spring Lake on Monday.
Laker soccer blanks West Catholic
The Spring Lake boys soccer team hosted Grand Rapids West Catholic for an O-K Blue Conference victory Tuesday night, defeating the Falcons 4-0.
The Lakers came out hot, netting three goals in the first half to take a commanding early lead.
Eli Denslow scored two early, Luke Bronold added the third.
Tommy Find tacked on the fourth goal in the second half to secure the victory.
Aidan Parker recorded the shutout in goal with the help of Porter Saunders, Liam Beck, Gavin DeVowe and Armani Albiertes on defense.
Laker volleyball edges Sparta
The Spring Lake volleyball team hosted Sparta on Tuesday night for a five-set O-K Blue Conference thriller, coming away with a victory by scores of 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9.
Jenna Core, Julia Clover and Lauren Cooper kept the Spring Lake defense alive with 12, 18 and 15 digs, respectively. Core paced the Lakers with 19 kills ahead of Abbi Perkins with 12. Madeline Zenas racked up 53 assists and five blocks to bolster both the offense and defense, while Perkins led at the net with eight blocks and Taylor Colquitt added four.
The win improves the No. 7-ranked Lakers to 28-4-1 overall and 6-1 in the O-K Blue. They return to action at Coopersville on Thursday to continue their second run through of conference play.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV Volleyball team hosted Sparta on Tuesday, winning in three sets by scores of 25-5, 20-25, 17-15. The Lakers were led offensively by Alicia Mumby with 12 kills and six blocks. Taylor Britton had four kills and five digs. Defensively, the Lakers were strong with Julia Zonca (10 digs and four service aces) and Taylor Gates (10 digs and three service aces). Also playing strong for the Lakers tonight were Kyla Kobylak (10 assists and three digs) and Anna Van Ittersum (nine assists and three digs). The Lakers are now 15-6-2 overall and 5-2 in the OK Blue Conference.
Laker swim falls to Northview
The Spring Lake girls swim and dive team took on Northview on Tuesday night, falling in conference play, 109-76.
Leila Kahler led the Lakers with wins in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.73 and the 500 freestyle in 5:26.35, while Eliza Hulverson won the 200 IM in 2:21.83 and took second in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.19.
Sara Mumby contributed with a pair of runner-up finishes in the 50 freestyle (26.21) and the 100 freestyle (57.38).
Spring Lake returns to action next Tuesday against Grand Rapids Christian.
Trojan soccer ties Rockets
The Fruitport boys soccer team played to a 2-2 O-K Black Conference tie as they took on Reeths-Puffer on Tuesday.
The Rockets took an early lead, scoring their first goal five minutes into the game. Fruitport answered midway through the first half with a goal by Cody Mayette to even the score.
Reeths-Puffer started the second half much like the first, netting a goal in the first two minutes to retake the lead.
Late in the second half, Kaleb Krueger found Logan Manciu with a clean pass to produce a goal and bring the game to its final tally.
Fruitport outshot Reeths-Puffer 15-6 through full time. Connor Hines stopped two shots to preserve the tie.
The Trojans return to action Saturday as they host Orchard View.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior tennis falls to Hamilton
The Western Michigan Christian boys tennis team took on Hamilton on Tuesday night, falling the Hawkeyes, 6-2.
Picking up wins for the Warriors were No. 4 singles player Daniel Vanbiesbrouck in a three-set thriller (6-2, 4-6, 10-6); and the No. 1 doubles pair of Andrew Hill and Silas Jeltema, who dropped their first set before taking control down the stretch (5-7, 6-4, 6-1).
Warrior volleyball holds off OV
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball hosted Orchard View on Thursday, winning three close sets down the stretch for a four-set win, 25-11, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22.
Rebecca TerHaar led from the service line with four aces and 14 service points. Anna Sytsema racked up 15 kills, ahead of Taylor Folkema with 10 and Claudia Kingma with nine.
Alisha Leffring totaled 33 assists to lead the team, while Sytsema made four blocks. Meghan Heiss anchored the defense with 24 digs.
“We came out a little slow in the beginning of the first set, but then had a couple big service runs at the end to close it out easily,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “The second set was back-and0forth at the end and we pulled it out. In the third set, the Cardinals really served and attacked well and kept us on our toes. We could never quite catch up after they got the lead at the start of the set. In the fourth, we buckled down and played the type of volleyball we are trying to play and closed it out.”
WMC returns to action at Muskegon Catholic Central on Thursday to take on Newaygo and Ravenna.
Warrior soccer mercies MCC
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team defended their No. 1 ranking Tuesday with a rivalry rout of Muskegon Catholic Central, winning 8-0.
Set pieces were the name of the game as the Warriors converted three corner kicks for goals.
Charlie Alfree got things started, assisted by Brandon Fles. Fles then assisted the second goal, the first of the corner kicks, with a great flick pass to Hayden Hubers. Freshman Owen Varnado assisted fellow freshman Isaiah Barco-Morales for the third goal.
Barco-Morales would go on to score two more goals in the second half, both unassisted. Brant Zeerip then netted back-to-back corner kicks, assisted by Issac VanHoeven. The final goal was scored by Brevin Byrne, assisted by Brandon Fles.
The Warriors return to the pitch Thursday at Orchard View.
JUNIOR VARSITY: WMC defeated Whitehall 3-0. Ethan Hill, Brandon Eenigenburg and Jacob Aemmer each had a goal and Matt Minasian had an assist.