Wyoming, MI: Finally home for only the second time this year the Tigers found new life in another changed line-up and won two matches tonight advancing to play two more Saturday in the Tiger Invitational Classic. “These were good wins for us for many reasons but most of all we won!” An emotional Coach Spooner said after the second match win over ACCA Ranked Emmaus Bible College.
In the first match the Tigers defeated Great Lakes Christian College 3-1. After losing the first set 20-25, the Tigers found new life and energy winning the next two sets rather handily. But then in the fourth set a much improved Great Lakes team behind some tough aggressive serving pushed the Tigers all the way before losing 27-25. Joee Spooner led the way offensively with 12 kills. Naomi Kemper had 8 kills. The Tigers got some aggressive serving of their own with Aubree Domsic getting a career high 5 aces and Leslie Pumford with four.
The second match against Emmaus Bible College was critical for future ACCA National tournament seeding and the Tigers showed a new level of play sustained over all three sets winning 25-17;25-17;25-13. “I have believed this is what we are capable of every match, yet we constantly are facing some adversity. Tonight it all came together with outstanding passing, scrappy defense and the best offensive attack percentage of the season. I was very pleased with our focus and ability to see the defense sets against us. Emmaus is well coached but did struggle a bit tonight. They have a lot of youth on their team and are facing their own adversity through injuries.” Coach Spooner noted after the match.
Balanced offense was the key with Naomi Kemper’s 11 kills, Joee Spooner with 10, Leslie Pumford season high 5 and Nichole Galbicsek’s 4 kills. Aggressive serving again forced Emmaus out of system giving the Tigers many free ball opportunities. Jessica Ryan had 19 assists. “What I especially liked was how Anna Veldink and April Lorenz came in off the bench and played with confidence and consistency. With all the changes made so far we finally are finding stability in our line-up and in each other.” Coach Spooner said.
The Tigers now face Northland International University Saturday morning at 9:00. Then NCCAA Div. II 7th ranked Moody Bible at 3:00. Come to the Moody match; tell them you read this posting and receive free admission.