• Kendra Kieft

Varsity Volleyball Falls to Fruitport Trojans

In Spring Lake High School’s second varsity volleyball conference match, the Lakers battled with the Fruitport Trojans through 4 tough sets. Despite all of the excitement in the gym from the Trojan fans, the Lakers kept their cool and played their game. Every player contributed to the tough match but the Lakers fell just short of coming out with a win.

Throughout the match, the Lakers lost sets 1 and 2 with the same score of 20-25, while in the third set the Lakers took the lead ending up winning 26-24. Ella Andree, a sophomore outside hitter said, “Our confidence was lacking in areas, but we did a better job turning that around in the third set.” Although Spring Lake took set 3, the Trojans gained their energy back and ended up securing the win with another score of 20-25. Andree also replied, “I think we underestimated their skill level going into the match.”

It was a completely different environment for many of the Lady Lakers. The barn, where Fruitport holds their volleyball matches, is not like any gym the Lakers are used to playing in. For over half of the team it was their first time ever experiencing a normal game in the barn.

Sophomore outside hitter Kalli Lewkowski reflected on playing in the barn by saying, “I believe that most of the team was thrown off by the very hot and loud gym, but we have to learn to play in every environment.” I think all of the players and coaches can agree with that statement.

With all of the contributions from every player, the Lakers had many stat leaders. Anna Fumarolo led the Laker offense with 13 kills and 3 blocks. Sydney Ogden had 16 assists for the Lakers while Kyla Kobylak added 10. Kendra Kieft had 22 digs and Meah Bajt added 10. Bajt also had 3 aces from the service line.

The Lakers will take on the Hamilton Hawkeyes on Thursday, September 16th for their 3rd conference match of the season. The Lakers are now 6-7 on the season and 0-2 in the OK Blue Conference.

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