Wyoming, MI: Three seniors were honored tonight as the Tigers defeated cross state rival Great Lakes Christian in 3 sets. “We were much better prepared this time for Great Lakes aggressive serving which hurt us before and had significantly better ball control.” Coach Spooner said after the match.
Great Lakes which has struggled getting a team together after injuries have hurt them played with great passion and love for the game losing the first set 25-22. Behind more up tempo passing the Tigers maintained their dominance in the second and third set winning 25-16; 25-12. “Our serving tonight was very aggressive coming up with 13 aces and numerous time forcing Great Lakes into out of system offense.” Coach Spooner noted.
It was fitting that on senior night, Senior All-American Joee Spooner led the Tigers with 11 kills, 2 blocks and 6 aces. Senior Leslie Pumford had 5 kills, and 2 blocks. Senior Tabitha Ryan was outstanding in serve receive and defense coverage. “We have asked a lot of Tabitha over the years. She has perhaps played more positions at different times than any other player I’ve ever coached. She is critical to our ball control and tonight was excellent. It also helps to have Naomi Kemper, who didn’t have her best night attacking but stepped up for the team with outstanding passing, aggresive serving and defense.” Coach Spooner said. “I also want to commend Great Lakes for making the effort with all the adversity they’ve faced to come here and play. That showed great character and class for those ladies. I was proud of their effort and attitude as well. That speaks well of their coach and institutional testimony.”
The Tigers now will face Mt. Mary College and Cornerstone University on Saturday at 9:00am and 1:00 pm.