Bucs volleyball gets pair of wins to build momentum for postseason


Maddie Monroe

Senior Avolyn Lepo rises up to spike a ball in home game against Grandville. Lepo dominated around the net Wednesday night, playing a big role in the Bucs’ wins.

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter

What Happened: On Wednesday, the Bucs hosted the East Kentwood Falcons and the Grandville Bulldogs for their last two games before a chance at a postseason run. The night started with a high-intensity game that took all of five sets to settle. The Bucs defeated the Falcons in the last set by a score of 17-15, clinching a win for all of their hard work in the other sets. The team was able to carry that momentum over into their game against Grandville, where they were able to defeat the Bulldogs in all three sets.

What It Means: Cleaning up the mistakes and being able to have a fun, enjoyable time on the court will surely be a positive heading into districts, where the team will need to be at their best.

Key Moment: Clinching the fifth set against East Kentwood was more than just another win in the record column, it was a big momentum builder and helped set them up for success against Grandville later in the night.

Three Stars:

  • First Star: Junior Ashley Slater. Slater continued to attack the ball well and landed 34 kills, and had a massive night serving with 12 aces.
  • Second Star: Senior Avolyn Lepo. She had 17 kills and eight blocks on the night and was a threat around the net as per usual.
  • Third Star: Senior Baby Hang. The upperclassman was a rock defensively for the team, and had 32 digs across the two games.

They Said It: “We came out against [East Kentwood] expecting a tough game and fought hard” senior Rachel Hilburger said. “Winning that game helped build some momentum for us, and we came into the Grandville game all out.”

Up Next: A possible postseason run can begin next monday at 6 p.m. for the Buccaneers, when they host Grand Rapids Union at home to kick off the tournament.