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Volleyball, polo stars selected All-State

Tribune Staff • Nov 28, 2018 at 12:36 AM

Seven local athletes were selected to All-State teams this week on the volleyball court and in the pool for their efforts over the course of stellar campaigns across the board.

Fruitport’s Kylie Oberlin led the way with a Division 3 Second-Team All-State selection, while Western Michigan Christian’s Anna Sytsema cracked the Division 3 second team, becoming just the second player ever from WMC to make the list.

Grand Haven’s Ashley Slater was selected to the Division 1 third team, while Spring Lake’s Jenna Core and Madeline Zenas cracked the Division 2 third-team.

Fruitport’s Jordyn Carlisle also earned honors, making the Division 2 honorable mention team.

In the pool, Grand Haven’s Nick Wilson swept the Michigan Water Polo Association postseason awards, earning spots on the All-OK Conference first team, the All-West Region Season first team, the West Region All-Tournament first team, State Championship All-Tournament first team and the All-State Season second team.

Coaches reacted Tuesday to their player’s selections.

“I am so proud of these girls and their accomplishments,” said Fruitport head coach Nicole Bayle. “Both Jordyn and Kylie had to step up this year and play some positions that were new to them this season. Their ability to be flexible and step up for our team helped us be successful along the way.”

“Anna was an impact player in all six rotations, making her fourth year on the varsity team a huge year,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “She made a huge impact offensively and defensively and, most of all, she was a great leader and captain for the team.”

“By the end of the season, Ashley was one of the best pins in the state,” said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. “She's a dedicated, humble and hard-working kid who's only going to continue to get better. With almost 500 kills and more than 100 aces this season, it is fun to think about all she will accomplish next year in her senior season.”

“Jenna Core is a dynamic athlete who is a servant leader on and off the court, who consistently puts others before herself and leads by example,” said Spring Lake head coach Cassidy Hazekamp. “Madeline Zenas is an intelligent player who truly understands the game of volleyball. Her ability to read the court and the other team is impeccable. They are two of the most coachable athletes I have ever had on my team. They are a coach’s dream. Our team success this season is partly due to their dedication on and off the court, their competitive nature and consistent effort to put the team first.”

“When we embarked on the water polo season this year, we were a team devoid of leaders,” said Grand Haven head water polo coach Bill Hamm after the state tournament. “Nick Wilson emerged as a leader in the pool and took that mantle in the pool. In August when I was looking at us, I didn’t know what we could be, and he is certainly a reason we did so well this season.”

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