Varsity volleyball opens up conference play with a win versus Greenville

Varsity volleyball opens up conference play with a win versus Greenville

Bumps, sets, and killer spikes led to another Ranger victory on Thursday as the varsity volleyball team faced off against the Yellow Jackets of Greenville: yet another team to fall to the Rangers in three clean sets.

The varsity girls were back at it after a complete dead week of no competition. Despite this time off, FHC won by scores of 25-10 in the first set, 25-6 in the second set, and 25-15 in the third set to wrap up the game.

Although this wasn’t the biggest win of the team’s season, it was the first inner-conference win, which is important to the members of this team.

“It was super important because it will keep our momentum going for the rest of our conference games,” junior Brooke Kushak said.

As expected, the Rangers boasted incredible stats. For this game, the three-girl combo of seniors Brooklyn Conner and Sophie Shields along with junior Sarah Dunn combined for 21 kills, 4 aces, 4 solo blocks (all by Brooklyn), 14 digs, and 9 receptions. Senior Grace Hudkins made a big impact on the defensive end, going for 7 digs and 14 receptions.

“It was definitely good for the team to get a win coming off this dead week,” head coach Natalie Roelfzema said. There is no doubt that the coaching staff was happy to win these games before heading into a big homecoming week.

“Our team looks at every match as being important from day to day and week to week. We don’t take for granted the work that needs to be put in regardless if we are practicing or playing,” coach Roelfzema said. “Champions are made when no one is watching; it was nice having a bit of a break. We started the season with competition which put us going heavy for the first few weeks of the season.”

The Rangers now move to an outstanding 20-2 record and are moving into a huge week. Next Tuesday, the Rangers will host the Lowell Red Arrows, then move on to an away match against their cross-town rival in Grand Rapids Christian.

These are huge games, and junior Averie Zaschak is ready for the competition.

“Every year it is a huge game against Lowell since they are one of our biggest rivals,” Averie said. “In past years, we have fallen short to both of these teams, but this year we hope to beat the law and get another one against Christian.”