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Spring Lake overwhelms Orchard View to advance to district volleyball semifinals

SPRING LAKE, MI – Spring Lake was the heavy favorite to advance to the semifinals of its own volleyball district tournament Monday.

The Lakers came through in a big way, never letting up on the way to an easy 25-8, 25-6, 25-8 Class B district-opening win over Orchard View in the first of two matches.

“I was proud of the way they played and stayed consistent the whole time,” Spring Lake coach Cassidy Hazekamp said. “It’s tough to play teams like that and stay at your level, but they did a good job of staying consistent the whole match.”

Spring Lake) will get a much harder test Wednesday in the semifinals from Whitehall.

In fact, the Vikings defeated the Lakers in their prior two meetings this season.

Spring Lake will look to keep the momentum going against Whitehall, which had a first-round bye.

“We are really working on first touch of everything,” Hazekamp said. “So, serve receive, blocking, serving, everything the first time the ball comes over, making that better.

“I think we’ve come a long way. We’ve worked a lot on our lineups and messing things around a little bit, and I think we’ve finally found a lineup that’s going to work and get us far in this district, so I’m excited.”

Olivia Grimmer and Lauren Hellman paced the Spring Lake attack with seven and five kills, respectively. Katie Mumby recorded two blocks, Grimmer and Anna Denslow added five digs apiece, Caitie Estep had five assists and Alli Pennington served up four aces.

Abby Moe proved to be a key component to Spring Lake’s success with 11 assists and four aces.

“I thought Abby Moe did a really nice job just running her offense and being a leader the whole time,” Hazekamp said. “Just staying consistent, which is something we’ve been working on, again. She’s very level-headed and that’s someone we need on our court the whole time.”