Thrilling postseason for volleyball comes to end with regional loss to Rams


Macayla Cramer

Members of the team look on in the final moments of the match. It was close game for the Bucs, but Rockford converted more 50-50 balls, ultimately sealing Grand Haven's fate.

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter

What Happened: The volleyball team hosted a highly-ranked Rockford squad for a much-anticipated regional finals matchup. A jam-packed home gym and student section showed up in full force to support their fellow Buccaneers. The team came out competitive against strong opposition, but ultimately couldn’t pull off a big win against the Rams. They fell in all three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-10.

What It Means: The Bucs’ thrilling postseason run has come to an end after falling just one win short of making the state tournament.

Key Moment: After two close and competitive sets, the team looked jaded in the last set. All of the 50-50 balls seemed to fall Rockford’s way, sealing the fate of the match.

Three Stars:

  • First Star: Junior Ashley Slater. Slater had 11 kills and led the offensive attack for the Buccaneers on the night.
  • Second Star: Sophomore Mackenzie Gross. She had eight kills against the Rams and was dangerous during any opportunity she had to finish out an attack.
  • Third Star: Senior Baby Hang. The senior recorded 13 digs, and made several extra-effort digs to prevent the Rams from scoring several times in the match.

They Said It: “It was a hard way to end,” head coach Aaron Smaka said. “But our kids never quit fighting. I was really glad that we played as well as we did in the first two sets to be in it, but it just was not our night.”