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Volleyball improves record



Cedar Spring Junior Varsity claims Championship title at Hesperia Invite.

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Northview 3-2 (16-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-11, 15-10) in an impressive five-set match on Tuesday, Sept 24, during conference play at home. This was the Red Hawks second conference win improving their record to 11-11-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play. 

Statistically, senior opposite hitter Grace Pavelka dominated the match with 27 kills and a .337 hit percentage. Senior middle hitter Arianna Rau led at the net with 8 blocks, while Kaylie Andres and Madi Outwin recorded 15 service points each. Outwin also had 44 assists. Kyla Andres held the defense with a team high 30 digs and Grace Wilcox contributed 9 kills and 2 aces. 

“We are proud of the way the girls fought back and competed against Northview,” said head coach Ashley Lowing. 

The Red Hawks hosted a second conference match on Thursday, Sept 26 to third state-ranked Lowell, losing in three sets. The Lady Red Hawks were led by Grace Wilcox with 5 kills, while defensive specialist Elizabeth Fettig had 2 aces and 2 digs. 

The Junior Varsity team defeated Northview 25-22 and 25-18, lost to Lowell 16-25, 25-19, and 15-17 on Thursday before claiming the Championship at the Hesperia Invite on Saturday, Sept. 28. The JV team went 3-0 in pool play beating Chippewa Hills’ freshman team, Morley Stanwood and Holton. In the semi finals they beat Fremont’s freshman team 25-10 and 25-11 bringing them to the Gold final championship match against host Hesperia, where they claimed the tournament title in two sets (25-18; 25-21) 

The Lady Red Hawks hosted Forest Hills Northern in their Volley for the Cure Pink Game on Monday, Sept. 30. (See next week’s paper for those results.) Varsity then travels to the Chippewa Hills Invite on Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 am.

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Volleyball wins at Greenville



#3 Grace Wilcox and #10 Arianna Rau go up for the block at Greenville. Photo courtesy of Jamie McNinch Photography.

Red Hawk Varsity volleyball (10-10-2) had an active competition week playing two conference matches and a tournament. On Tuesday, September 17, the Lady Red Hawks traveled to state ranked Forest Hills Central to open conference play, taking a hard loss 21-25, 13-25 and 21-25. Thursday, September 19 resulted in a definitive victory at rival Greenville, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-23. On Saturday, September 21, tournament play at the Zeeland East Invite culminated in a 3rd place pool finish against several ranked teams including Hudsonville and Jenison. The ladies finished 2-3 on the day, losing in bracket play to Hopkins 22-25 and 18-25.  

“The team built a solid foundation for us to build on during the first week of conference play. The competitive play at FHC and win at Greenville are huge confidence boosters for us moving forward,” remarked Head Coach Ashley Lowing.

 Stat leaders at FHC included Kyla Andres with 6 kills and 5 digs; Grace Pavelka registered 6 kills and 2 blocks; Arianna Rau tallied 3 kills and 3 aces. Greenville match pacesetters included Kaylie Andres, who had a tenacious match culminating in 8 service points, 9 digs, 16 serve receptions and 4 kills. Grace Wilcox added 6 kills and 9 digs; while setter Madison Outwin put up 18 assists, and 2 kills. At the Zeeland East Invite, Nicole Baker showed her flexibility by playing three different positions in five matches and contributing 4 kills,16 service points, 4 aces and 15 assists. Grace Pavelka had a team high 26 kills, while Arianna Rau led in blocks with 7. Kyla Andres capped the defense recording 48 digs and 80 serve receptions.

Junior Varsity lost to Forest Hills Central 10-25 and 22-25, while taking the victory against Greenville 25-21 and 25-18. The freshman team had an exciting three set victory over Greenville 17-25, 25-20 and 15-9.   

The teams resumed conference competition this week hosting Northview on Tuesday, September 24 followed by home matches versus Lowell on Thursday September 26. Freshman and JV begin at 5 pm, followed by Varsity.  

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Volleyball teams finish in top third at invitationals



The Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball team (7-6-2 overall) competed in the NorthPointe Christian Invite Saturday, September 14th finishing 5-1 and 3rd on the day. The Red Hawks were undefeated throughout Pool and Crossover play with decisive victories over Fruitport Calvary, Ottawa Hills, Wellspring Prep and Loy Norrix. In the Gold bracket matches, the team won 25-10 and 25-16 in the semifinal match vs Grand River Prep before taking a tough loss to host team NorthPointe Christian 25-27 and 19-25. 

Leading the Red Hawks was Middle Blocker Arianna Rau with a team high 10 blocks, 33 kills, 20 service points and 7 aces. Grace Wilcox tallied 34 kills, 14 aces, and 32 digs. Setter Madi Outwin put up 66 assists, 11 aces and 43 service points, while Kyla Andres contributed 17 kills and 25 digs. Libero Elizabeth Fettig led the defense with 48 serve receives and 24 digs. Nicole Baker recorded 7 aces and 4 blocks, while Alyssa Detweiler also had 4 blocks. Rounding out contributions to the team’s success were Kayla Andres adding 8 kills and 21 serve receives; Kalli Green with 5 kills and 3 aces; Cassidy Canfield with 2 kills and a block; and Avery Peterson recording 9 serve receives.  

“The girls remained consistently competitive throughout the day and worked hard to push their mental toughness” states Varsity Head Coach Ashley Lowing.

The Junior Varsity Team also competed Saturday, September 14, when they traveled to the Reeths Puffer Invite, finishing the day in 2nd place after falling in the Gold Championship match to Kenowa Hills.

All levels begin conference play this week when they travel to Forest Hills Central Tuesday, September 17, and to Greenville on Thursday September 19. Freshman and JV matches begin at 5 p.m. followed by the Varsity match. Varsity and JV then compete in tournaments Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 a.m., with Varsity at Zeeland East and JV at Jenison.  

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Volleyball



Varsity Volleyball competed in the WMVOA’s advanced Invitational on Saturday, September 7th. The Lady Red Hawks finished the tournament with a tough loss in the Bronze Bracket finals to Catholic Central (25-23; 23-25; 8-15) after overpowering Zeeland West in the semi finals (20-25; 25-21; 15-13). The team played solid matches in Pool play against proficient programs from Grandville, Forest Hills Eastern and Spring Lake. 

Leaders on the day included outside hitter Grace Wilcox with 27 kills,3 blocks,23 digs and 62 serve receptions. Libero Elizabeth Fettig held the defense tallying 45 digs and 73 serve receptions. Setter Maddie Outwin put up 68 assists, while middle blocker Arianna Rau had a solid day with 14 kills, 7 aces, 26 service points and 8 blocks. Grace Pavelka recorded 27 kills and 7 blocks and Kalli Green added 7 aces with 15 service points.

Varsity Volleyball continues the season on Saturday, September 14th when they travel to the Northpointe Invite in Grand Rapids. The Lady Red Hawks are 2-5-2.     

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Volleyball winds up season


 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball closed out their season with two conference matches, a tournament and District play. 

The Lady Red Hawks lost to Greenville 24-26, 18-25 and 24-26 at the final home conference match October 23, where junior Middle hitter Grace Pavelka dominated the night, putting up 14 kills on 30 attempts for a solid 37 percent kill percentage and 2 solo blocks, resulting in her third Player of the Match honor this season.  

On Thursday, October 25, they traveled to Forest Hills Northern where the Huskies took the win 11-25,17-25, 25-17 and 14-25. 

On Saturday, October 27, the team traveled to Central Montcalm for the Hornet Invite. They won their first two Pool Play matches before losing to Grant, landing them in the Gold Bracket, where they lost to Grant 12-25 and 15-25 resulting in a 4th place overall finish of 12 teams.

The Red Hawks hosted the first round of District Playoffs Monday evening, October 29, and took a tough loss to Greenville 21-25; 20-25 and 16-25. They ended the season with an overall record of 11-28-1 and conference record of 2-11. Leading on the night was Grace Pavelka with 6 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Outside hitter Grace Wilcox recorded 5 kills and a block, while setter Madi Outwin added 22 assists. Arianna Rau tallied 5 kills and 2 blocks, while Kaylie Andres had 3 kills and a team high 15 serve receives. Kyla Andres recorded 14 digs and 4 kills, Haillie Jones put up 8 digs and 5 service points and Elizabeth Fettig added 8 serve receives.

“We worked hard this season to build a solid foundation for next year,” said Coach Ashley Lowing. “With all of our players returning, in addition to our upcoming talent, we look forward to putting in the work and growing as a team during the off season.”

The volleyball program will meet together Monday, November 12, to acknowledge all the accomplishments made this year for each team. 

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Volleyball falls in two matches


 

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team fell in two tough 0-3 matches to the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern on Tuesday night, October 3, and to the Red Arrows of Lowell on Wednesday night, October 4. With the losses, the Red Hawks fall to 7-19-1 overall and 1-6 in conference action. The Lady Red Hawks Wednesday match was part of Pink Out week at the High School. 

“Overall, on our Pink Week, sponsored by CSHS Athletics, we raised over $4,100, with money still coming in,” said Athletic Director John Norton. “This money will be going to the The Cure starts Now, in honor of Brison Ricker. This organization is aggressively battling for a cure for Pediatric cancer. This donation will help offset the lack of federal funding from our government as it relates to this important health concern. 

“Our Wednesday Pink out Volleyball match was a huge part of pink week, and a huge contributor to the funds we raise,” said Norton. “It was a very emotional event, and we were able to recognize those that have, or have battled cancer, as well as raise money and awareness for an important cause.” 

Leading on the night against the Red Arrows was outside hitter Kyla Andres with 4 kills, 11 digs and 10 serve receives, followed by Grace Pavelka with 3 kills and 2 blocks. Arianna Rau added 2 kills and a block while Kaylie Andres contributed 2 kills and 18 serve receives. Setter Michelle Brennen tallied 10 assists, 3 aces and 6 service points, while Elizabeth Fettig stepped up and had 10 dgis and19 serve receives. The JV team fought hard against Lowell falling 24-26 and 23-25. 

Volleyball returns to action Tuesday night when they travel to Ottawa Hills, and host Forest Hills Central Thursday night. Freshman and JV start at 5 p.m. followed by Varsity. 

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Volleyball news


 

The Lady Red Hawks competed in their season’s last tournament, the Central Montcalm Hornet Classic on Saturday, Oct 28, and brought home the Silver Bracket Championship trophy. 

During Pool play, the Red Hawks started the day with a loss to Tri County 13-25 and 18-25. The next pool match resulted in a tie with ranked Cadillac 26-24 and 16-25. The Lady Red Hawks took control the rest of the day with a victory in the final pool match against Chippewa Hills, putting them in 5th place of 12 teams. The victorious semi-final match against Morley Stanwood (25-20, 18-25 and 15-12) sent the team to the Championship Silver Bracket match, where they won the Championship title against Ionia 25-27, 25-20 and 15-7. 

Leaders on the day were middle hitter Grace Pavelka, who owned the service line with 37 service points and 15 aces, while also contributing 25 kills, and a team leading 13 blocks; senior Sydney Plummer tallied an amazing team high 61 kills while adding 6 blocks, 25 digs and 13 service points; outside hitter Kyla Andres had a solid day with 17 kills, 28 service points, 8 aces, 7 blocks and 28 digs; while libero Brighton Miller played tough defensively, contributing the leading 36 digs and 83 serve receives. Setter Maddie Outwin ran the offense with an amazing 282 sets and 89 assists, along with 27 service points, 4 aces and 3 blocks. Freshman middle blocker Arianna Rau put down 10 kills and 10 blocks,  while Lauren Kostus rallied 13 service points,19 digs and 30 serve receives. Ashley Wise added 3 blocks and 2 kills while Nikki Vanderhoef tallied 8 serve receives and 3 digs.

“Wow is all I can say! These girls battled long breaks and pushed through bracket play to come out on top,” remarked Coach Ashley Reynolds. “All the hard work, frustrations, and lessons learned throughout the season prepared us for that moment. We persevered and pulled together as a team to win this tournament. I could not be more proud of each and every one of the girls, as they each played a significant role in our success on Saturday.”

The Varsity Volleyball team closed out conference competition with a 0-3 loss at Northview on Thursday, Oct 26. 

The team heads into the District Championship at Rockford on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 5:30pm to take on the winner of the East Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern quarterfinal match, with a season record 8-25-6 overall and 2-10 in the conference.

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Pink game raises funds for Susan Komen Foundation


 

The Lady Red Hawks Varsity Volleyball team hosted a “Dig Pink” game in honor of breast cancer awareness on Tuesday, October 10. Athletic Director John Norton was happy with the results.

“Congratulations to the whole Cedar Springs Community and the Volleyball Program. After we pay some expenses, it is with great pride we will be making a donation in the amount of $1,591.53 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Michigan as a result of our “Pink out” Volleyball event last night,” announced Norton. “Thank you again to everyone who helped make this evening possible, and thank you to everyone who has donated to this great cause. Proud to be a Red Hawk.”

This was the first year that the Volleyball team held the event. Prior to this, it was held by the Varsity football team.

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Varsity volleyball action


 

The Varsity Lady Red Hawk Volleyball took a loss to conference foe Northview on Thursday evening, October 27, at an away match that ended 12-25, 20-25 and 8-25 to a strong offensive Wildcat team. Leading for Cedar Springs for the night were Sydney Plummer with 6 kills and 2 blocks followed by Brooke Morris who tallied 5 kills and 2 blocks.  Setters Ali Sparling and Sienna Wight put up strong numbers with Sparling adding 9 assists, 6 digs 2 blocks and 4 service points while Wight recorded 7 assists and 9 serve receives. Defensive specialist Lindsey Lehman was solid against the Wildcat attack putting up 7 digs and Libero Kaitlyn Coons had 12.

The ladies traveled to Central Montcalm on Saturday, Oct 29, to compete in the Hornet Halloween Howl invite, where they finished pool play in 5th place out of 12 teams and the top seed for the Silver Bracket. In pool play, the Red Hawks split with Chippewa Hills (26-16 and 23-25), lost to Corunna 17-25 and 15-25 and took a solid victory over Morley Stanwood 25-12 and 25-16.

Despite posting a strong offensive performance for the second straight match, Cedar Springs was on the wrong end of a 2-1 score against Pellston, falling in the Silver Semi finals 23-25, 25-21 and 5-15. Junior Sydney Plummer tallied team-high 28 kills while also recording 9 blocks, 28 digs and 54 serve receives.

Baylie VanDyke contributed 17 kills and a team high 11 blocks, while Brooke Morris had 16 kills, 5 blocks, 2 aces and 23 service points. Lauren Kostus had a solid day contributing 16 kills, 7 aces and 16 service points. Libero Kaitlyn Coons put up 40 digs and 55 serve receives. Leading on assists was Sienna Wight with 36 followed by Ali Sparling with 27. Sparling also had 7 blocks, 5 aces and led the team in service points with 40 on the day.
The Varsity team headed into Districts Monday night at Lowell, October 31. Read more on that next week.

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Volleyball teams suffers losses to Northview, Lowell


 

Make it to semifinals of Morley invite

Outside hitter Sydney Plummer (#2) goes up for a kill while Brooke Morris #9, Sienna Wight #10 and Kaitlyn Coons #2 cover.

Outside hitter Sydney Plummer (#2) goes up for a kill while Brooke Morris #9, Sienna Wight #10 and Kaitlyn Coons #2 cover.

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball had a busy competition week beginning with a home Conference match against the Northview Wildcats Tuesday evening October 4, resulting in a 0-3 loss: 12-25, 12-25 and 12-25.

Senior middle hitter Brooke Morris led in kills in the match with 4 and put up one block while Sydney Plummer added 3 kills. Libero Kaitlyn Coons tallied 12 digs.

On Thursday evening, October 6, the Lady Red Hawks hosted Lowell leading to a 0-3 conference loss:15-25, 18-25 and 24-26.

Sydney Plummer led the Red Hawks with 13 kills, 9 digs and 2 blocks.  Kaitlyn Coons held the defense with 19 digs, 25 serve receives, 8 service points and 2 aces. Setter Ali Sparling added 13 assists, 5 kills and 2 blocks.

The ladies completed the week competing at the Morley Stanwood Invite Saturday where they played a solid day falling in the Semi-finals against Onaway. The team went 2-2-1 on the day, which began with a split against Onaway 25-18 and 13-25, followed by a loss to McBain 22-25 and 19-25.  The Lady Red Hawks easily handled White Cloud 25-13 and 25-9 before defeating Tri County 25-22, 25-23.

The ladies competed in the tournament semi finals for their final match suffering a tough loss to Onaway 21-25, 25-16 and 8-15. Junior Outside hitter Sydney Plummer led the team on the day with 41 kills, 6 blocks, 23 digs, 23 service points and 6 aces followed by Middle Hitter Brooke Morris with 15 kills, 12 blocks, 12 service points, 9 digs and 4 aces.

Freshman Lauren Kostus owned the service line putting up 37 service points and 11 aces along with 11 kills. Leading the defense was Libero Kaitlyn Coons with 49 digs. Setter Ali Sparling had a solid day adding 50 assists, 8 kills, 4 blocks and 14 digs while Sienna Wight added 41 assists, 4 kills, 3 blocks and 4 aces.

Baylie VanDyke tallied 15 kills and 8 blocks while Defensive Specialist Lindsey Lehman had 14 digs.

The Lady Red Hawks (5-15-2) are at home Tuesday night (10/11) against rival Greenville and then travel to Ottawa Hills Thursday, games begin at 6:30pm.

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