Wyoming, MI: It’s a cliche but oh so true. The Tigers first home match proved to be one of their best of the season in defeating cross town rival Kuyper College; 3-1. “That was probably the most raucous crowd I’ve heard since coaching at Grace. The student body support was actually way to much emotion for the ladies in that first set, everyone so pumped up except Kuyper who played with great poise and defense beating us 25-20. But that crowd was awesome.” Coach Spooner said.
The Tigers settled in while the crowd didn’t, thankfully, roaring back in the second set 25-18. After an 8 minute break for t-shirt night out, the Tigers continued their strong offense and blocking to win the third set 25-15. “I was concerned a bit going into the fourth set. We’ve got to learn how to keep momentum and finish when we have the chance. Coach Mike Wiggers has done a great job in recruiting and building that program so I knew they would come at us hard. But our defense and outstanding offensive execution was too much tonight.” Coach Spooner noted after the match victory. The Tigers won that fourth set 25-14.
“This was a very good team effort in every way. We got off our heels on defense; we met Kuyper at the net and offensively our ball control and sets were the best of the year so far. I was especially gratified how several players responded being challenged after a mediocre effort against Aquinas last Saturday. “Naomi Kemper led the balanced attack with 16 kills, followed by Joee Spooner with 11 and Nichole Galbicsek with 9. Joee dominated the net with a team high and single match school record 11 blocks. Naomi also had 5 aces and 22 digs. Jessica Ryan led the team with 27 digs. Aubrey Domsic had her best match of the year setting with 27 assists and three aces. “I am so proud of Aubree, here is a freshman trained as an outside hitter asked to be a setter. She has really taken that challenge for the team and worked hard over the last two weeks accepting this most difficult role and tonight got great help from her teammates.” Coach Spooner said noting the excellent team passing.
‘We always have high expectations for Naomi and Jess Ryan, but when Tabitha Ryan and Nichole play like they did tonight, we are a whole different team. Kuyper is going to get better and should be very pleased with their effort tonight for their first match.”
The Tigers travel to Springfield, MO this weekend for the Springfield Invitational. Follow the action with web site updates. The next home match is October 7 and 8th during the Grace Classic.