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Red Hawk volleyball takes second at Loy Norrix invite

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball earned 2nd place at Loy Norrix Invite Saturday. Front Row (L to R): Kyla Andres, Grace Wilcox, Haillie Jones, Kaylie Andres, Maddie Outwin and Michelle Brennen.
Back Row (L to R):  Coach Lowing, Grace Pavelka, Arianna Rau and Kalli Green . Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team opened the 2018 season with three tournaments in 8 days, building on each date. At the WMVOA on 8/17 the Lady Red Hawks finished 0-3-1, followed on Tuesday at the NorthPointe Christian Invite where they went 1-4 on the day beating the #1 seed Western Michigan Christian in bracket play and Junior Middle Hitter Grace Pavelka was named a tournament MVP.

The Varsity Ladies completed the week at the Loy Norrix Invite on Saturday where they were undefeated in pool play beating host team Loy Norrix, Ottawa Hills and Galesburg-Augusta before losing to Niles in a crossover match. The #2 seeded Red Hawks then defeated Parchment 2-1 in the quarterfinals, and Galesburg-Augusta 2-1 in the semifinals, bringing them to the tournament championship match, where they suffered a 0-2 loss to first seed Niles.

Leading on the day was outside hitter Grace Wilcox, who dominated on the service line with 18 aces and 42 service points, while adding 19 kills, 8 blocks, and 33 digs. Grace Pavelka led the offensive barrage with 41 kills, and added 15 aces and 8 blocks. Libero Haillie Jones recorded 49 digs and 91 serve receives, while setter Maddie Outwin had 72 assists on the day.

“The girls are working hard to get better each time they step out on the court,” said Coach Ashley Lowing. “They made great improvements in their mental toughness, never counting themselves out of any game they were in. They pushed through adversity and either stayed on top of teams in sets they were winning, or came back in sets they were losing. This will be a great building block for us moving forward.” 

Varsity Volleyball returns to actions on Tuesday, September 11 at Lowell High School for the Conference opener.  

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