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East Grand Rapids High School


Pioneer Athletics

East Grand Rapids High School

Pioneer Athletics

East Grand Rapids High School

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Game Summary

7 months ago

Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Byron Center HS School

Game Date
Nov 5, 2019

District Volleyball Matchup vs #5 Byron Center

Tuesday night was the opening round of the MHSAA Playoffs where your Pioneers were pitted against #5 ranked Byron Center.

Set 1 started off in a back and forth battle but with a steady dose of tough serving, which has been a calling card of the Pioneers lately, East built a hefty lead over the Bulldogs 19-13. Abby Williams had 3 aces in set 1 alone and Belle Gorsline added two more. Byron Center went on a serving run of their own and got some help from untimely mistakes to help play themselves back into the set. The teams went back and forth again to finish set 1 but Byron Center overtook the Pioneers 23-25.

Going into the the second set the Pioneers were poised to show what they could do and came out fighting back and forth yet again. Our serving faltered some in set 2 but East played better offensively, getting help from Belle Gorsline's 4 kills in the set and collectively only making 4 hitting errors. The Bulldogs ended up being able to hold off the Pioneers late push 24-26.

Down 0-2 in the playoffs can be daunting but these girls new what they wanted to do. They stuck to the game plan but most importantly, they stuck together. We were trying to make plays and the bench was engaged throughout the entire match, but unfortunately the Pioneers fell 16-25 in set 3.

Our offense was led by Libby Gorsline with 8 kills. Abby Williams, Olivia Bergsma and Belle Gorsline all had 3 aces on the night. Gracie Gorsline led the defense with 18 more digs on the night.

The volleyball team wants to send a huge Thank You to everyone behind the scenes that helps a volleyball team run smoothly. Thank you to the custodial staff and Shango for ALWAYS making sure that the gym was clean and ready for us. Also, thank you to the athletic staff, the boosters, and all of the parents and fans that show how deeply this volleyball team is supported. We wouldn't have been able to have a great season without you!
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