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Volleyball season has started!

Varsity volleyball team picture courtesy of Cindy Kulak-Fettig.

Through all the new changes including required masks, no hand shaking, limited crowd size and shorter preseason practice, one thing remains unchanged, the excitement to be back on the court and competing.

The Red Hawk Varsity Volleyball team started their shortened 2020 season with a full and aggressive first two weeks in a new conference division, the OK Gold. The season opener had the Lady Red Hawks losing in the first conference match at Forest Hills Eastern 0-3. 

On Saturday, September 12, the team traveled to NorthPointe Christian for a Varsity quad. They kicked off the day’s competition with thrilling 3-2 marathon match win over host NorthPointe Christian (25-23; 25-23; 23-25; 18-25 and 15-10), followed with losses to Greenville (19-25; 13-25; 20-25) and Hopkins (21-25; 16-25; 19-25). 

Week 2 began with the home opener on Tuesday, September 15, resulting in a tough 2-3 loss to Thornapple Kellogg (23-25; 25-11; 29-27; 25-23; 8-15). 

Thursday, September 17, brought the Red Hawks an 0-3 loss at Wayland. 

The week concluded at the Zeeland East Varsity quad on Saturday, September 19 with an opening 0-3 match loss to host Zeeland East, and followed by 0-3 losses to both NorthPointe Christian and Jenison. The Lady Red Hawks are 1-8 overall and 0-3 in conference.

 Stat leaders for the season to date include senior middle hitter Arianna Rau with 40 kills and 23 blocks (including 15 solo). Outside hitter Aaliyah Calkins has recorded 25 kills and 27 digs, while setter McKenna Outwin tallied 127 assists and team high 12 aces. Libero Elizabeth Fettig has 104 digs and 207 serve receives. Alyssa Detweiler has put down 24 kills and 20 blocks at middle and Kennedi Jager added 23 kills. Defensive Specialist Isis Polczsk contributed 111 serve receptions and 39 digs.  

“We graduated 5 of our 6 starters last year. The girls this year are working hard to learn the game together on the court and push and support each other to be the best they can be. We preach to the girls that this is a process, a marathon not a sprint, and if we keep working together, we will be where we want to be in the end,” stated Varsity Coach Ashley Lowing.

The Lady Red Hawks traveled to Catholic Central Tuesday, September 22. Next week the teams will host South Christian on Tuesday, September 29, then travel to Ottawa Hills on Thursday, October 1.  

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Pavelka signs to play volleyball at Mott

Grace Pavelka, the daughter of Eric and Julee Pavelka, and a member of the Cedar Springs Public Schools class of 2020, has signed to continue her volleyball career at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. A small outdoor signing ceremony was held at Cedar Springs High School on June 25 to commemorate the event.

According to CS Athletic Director John Norton, Pavelka was a highly decorated, four-year varsity volleyball player at Cedar Springs High School, earning numerous post-season accolades, as well as having a very successful club volleyball career.

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Outwin signs to play volleyball

Madi Outwin officially signed at a small ceremony outside Cedar Springs High School on June 16  to continue her volleyball career at Great Lakes Christian College In Lansing, Mich. Family, friends and coaches were there to commemorate the event. 

Madi has been a two-sport standout (soccer and volleyball) throughout her four year career at Cedar Springs. She is the daughter of Amy and Ryan Outwin.

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Volleyball wins over Ottawa Hills

Red Hawk varsity volleyball played three conference matches last week beginning with a commanding victory at Ottawa Hills Tuesday, Oct 8 25-6, 25-10 and 25-12. Thursday, October 10th produced 0-3 losses against Lowell and Northview at the Northview triangular. The Lady Red Hawks are now 13-17-2 overall and 3-5 in conference.

Stat leaders for the Ottawa Hills match included Grace Pavelka with 10 kills, 5 aces and a block; Arianna Rau added 5 kills and 2 blocks while Kayla Andres recorded 3 kills, 2 aces and 6 digs. For the Lowell games, Grace Pavelka had the team high 5 kills while setter Madison Outwin recorded 6 assists, 2 service points and 6 digs. Cassidy Canfield contributed a kill, 3 blocks and 2 digs while Kyla Andres had 12 digs. In the final match against Northview, Kayla Andres led in kills with 8, followed by Grace Pavelka who put down 6 kills. Arianna Rau stuffed 7 Northview hitters for the team high while Kyla Andres led defensive efforts with 16 digs and 21 serve receptions. Elizabeth Fettig added 7 digs and setter Madison Outwin led on service points with 12.

Cedar Springs volleyball returned to action at home Tuesday evening, October 15, to play Forest Hills Central when the seniors and their families were honored. (Read results in next week’s paper.) Varsity then travels to Sparta for tournament action on Saturday, October 19 at 8 a.m.  

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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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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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