The Tigers have started strong now for the last several matches in the first set and against a youthful Kuyper squad it was no different winning 25-14. “I was pleased with our focus and ability to play within the context of who we are.” Coach Spooner said. “This was only the fourth match of the season for Kuyper and I see a lot of potential for growth by the end of the year. They showed great determination and character throughout this match. Coach Mike Wiggers should be proud of their effort tonight, especially in the third set.”
In the second set the Tigers once again started and finished strong behind the serving of Nichole Galbiscek (Okinawa HS; Okinawa, Japan) and Shelby Jamieson (Wayland HS; Wayland, MI); domination at the net and with great defensive hustle. “We are getting on our toes better and covering the hitters well. Kuyper had some good blocks we covered and put back in play with intelligence.” Noted Coach Spooner. The Tigers won 25-12.
In the third set however with a comfortable lead the Tigers felt the bite of the Kuyper Cougar as this young team found some emotion and better execution in attacking open spots on the court. Fighting back from a 9 point deficit Kuyper tied the game at 23-23. But there would be no answer for Jr. middle hitter Joee Spooner (Rogers HS; Wyoming, MI) off a great pass from Jessica Ryan (Hopkins HS; Hopkins, MI) and sets by Shelby to put the game away 25-23.
“Overall I was pleased with our intensity and focus. We had a great crowd tonight and it was good to demonstrate quality volleyball and hard work.” Coach said after the match.
Jessica Ryan and Naomi Kemper led with great defense and passing. Jessica with 8 digs and Naomi 6, and combined for 27 serve receives with only 2 errors. Joey Spooner had 14 kills, Nichole with 7 and Naomi 6. Shelby had 23 assists.
The Tigers travel this weekend to the Moody Bible Invitational where they face Alverno College and Northland International again in pool play.