Local Sports Journal

FRUITPORT – Spring Lake snuck past Coopersville in a five-game marathon of the opening round of Class B district action at Fruitport on Monday.

The two teams traded wins back and fourth until Spring Lake was able to close out with a 17-15 win in the final set.

The Lakers won Game 1, 25-19 but fell 25-20 in the next set. Spring Lake would win Game 3, 26-24 and lose 26-24 in Game 4.

Spring Lake moves on to face Oakridge at Wednesday’s semifinal match.

“Every set was back and fourth,” said Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis. “Coopersville is a good team and well coached, this was not an easy win.”

The Lakers fell behind in the final set but was able to grab their first lead 13-12.

After trading a pair of side outs, Kelsee Zuidema served up the final two points for the Laker win.

Spring Lake was led by Zuidema who finished with nine service points and three aces, 22 kills, 31 digs and four blocks. Karley Engelsman followed with 53 assists, nine service points and one ace and 15 digs.

Courtney Kyser had 13 kills, nine blocks and an ace while Rachel Pennington had 18 digs, nine service points and one ace.

Lydia Suchecki had 15 kills and four blocks for Spring Lake.

Whitehall defeated Orchard View on the other side of the bracket, and now move on to face Fruitport at Wednesday’s late semifinal match.