Local Sports Journal

The Grant Tiger varsity volleyball squad handed Spring Lake its second loss of the season (the first happened last week versus state-ranked Grand Haven), defeating the Lakers in three games to open the Lakes 8 Conference matchup of the season for both clubs.

The Tigers convincingly downed the Lakers 25-16, 25-19, 25-13.

Laker head coach Sarah Bulthuis said that after starting the season in fine fashion, her team failed to bring the necessary energy to its opening league opponent.

“Grant served tough which took us out of our offensive system too much,” said Bulthuis. “Because of our inconsistent passing our attack was too predictable and we were not able to use all of our attackers. We have had a great start to this season but tonight was a setback. I know we can play better and more consistent because I have seen it already this season.”

The Lakers were led by Kelsee Zuidema, who finished with 12 killes, with teammate Lydia Suchecki adding five kills in the loss. Karley Engelsman had 18 assists, while senior libero Rachel Pennington led with 13 digs. Zuidema and Engelsman each had eight digs as well.

Spring Lake’s record stands at 15-2-1 (0-1).