A dominant backcourt leads to a major playoff win for varsity volleyball

The first round of regionals could not have gotten off better for the girls varsity volleyball team. Facing a familiar foe at a neutral site was a challenge for sure, but was also something the girls have seen before.

Another victory for FHC fills the stat book for the regional opener; it was a match-up with Grandville, yet another meeting with a team once beaten prior in the season. Still, this wouldn’t matter, as the Rangers picked the pace right back up from last Thursday’s thriller versus Forest Hills Northern.

In just four sets, the Rangers would eventually beat the Bulldogs after taking sets one, two, and four by scores of 25-16, 25-18, and a narrow 25-23 win to end the game. The girls showcased high-class speed, making plays all over the court as the backside led by senior Sophie Shields, junior Sarah Dunn, and sophomore Avery Weslow; these girls provided the key plays to help the Rangers finish the job. The three girls combined for a total of 34 kills, 6 aces, 40 digs (both team-highs by Dunn with 21 digs and 14 kills), and 16 receptions.

A well-fought effort pushes the Rangers record to a staggering 42-5-3. Tonight, the ladies travel out to Grand Haven High School to compete in yet another classic volleyball match, as FHC will face Rockford for the regional championship. For now, please take a look at one of our special post-game interviews with both head coach Natalie Roelfzema and Sophie Shields.