LANSING, MI-After a slow start which breathed life into a young Great Lakes squad, the Tigers finished the match strong. Great Lakes which has been playing better lately pushed the Tigers in the first set with strong blocking and aggressive defense. “We started out slow but what I appreciated even about this set was the consistency of confidence. It wasn’t so much a lack of energy but Great Lakes with great home crowd support really came out strong. It wasn’t the first set I was interested in but the next two.” Coach Spooner said after winning that first set 26-24.
In the second and third set the Tigers found their stride and with greater balance of scoring, covering attacks and defense won the second set 25-13 and finished even stronger in the third set-25-11. “Great Lakes has a lot of youth and I knew it was important not to allow their emotion from the first set to carry over. We found a consistent focus and stayed within ourselves to finish strong.” Coach Spooner noted after the match.
Naomi Kemper had 10 kills, 7 digs and 100% in serve receive. Freshman Libero Jessica Ryan also with 7 digs and 98% serve receive was key to the Tiger defense. “Jessica and Naomi always stabilize the back row, what I really liked seeing tonight was greater balance in digs off covering hitters and tips. We had 6 players with 5 or more digs in the match and outstanding serving by Shelby Jamieson was really a key factor tonight.” Coach Spooner.
The Tigers travel to #4 NCCAA Div. II ranked Maranatha Baptist Bible College this Friday.