Lady Dutch rally past Tigers in showdown


SAM YANCY of Howards Grove attempts to hit the ball over Oostburg’s Skylar Ternes in Thursday’s volleyball match. Yancy’s teammate Brittany Schaller watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SAM YANCY of Howards Grove attempts to hit the ball over Oostburg’s Skylar Ternes in Thursday’s volleyball match. Yancy’s teammate Brittany Schaller watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – Oostburg rallied with wins in the final two games to defeat the Howards Grove Tigers in five, 30-32, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 15-7, in a match-up of area girls volleyball powers here Thursday night.

The loss was the first for the Tigers in Big East Conference action as they dropped to 5-1. HGHS and Oostburg shared the Central Lakeshore Conference title last year. The Lady Dutch improved to 5-0 in the Big East.

“We thought it would be a close match throughout the night. We are two very evenly matched teams,” said Tiger head coach Brett Damrow.

“They have a little more height and experience at the net but we think we have a little more defensive quickness. So, it evens things out a little. Being a young team we will use every match as a learning experience.


KATY BERG, Howards Grove sophomore, hits the ball over the net against Oostburg in Thursday’s volleyball match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KATY BERG, Howards Grove sophomore, hits the ball over the net against Oostburg in Thursday’s volleyball match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “We had an opportunity to close out the match at home and we just didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Damrow.

Sam Yancy led the Tigers’ attack with 29 kills and Olivia Stauss had 16. Taylor Bubolz had a team-high 48 assists. Brittany Schaller led in digs with 52 and Yancy had nine.

Keri Hartmann keyed the Lady Dutch’s attack with 25 kills and Talia Hranicka totaled 13. Hranicka had a team-high 22 digs and three ace serves. Janeese VerVelde led in assists with 28.

“I was pleased with how our team handled adversity against a really good HG team. Losing the first set after having four match points ourselves was tough but we bounced back well,” said Oostburg head coach Scott Greupink.

“Any time we can beat a team as good as HG it has to be a total team effort. We do have a bunch of players getting better right now and that is exciting. As a result we are blocking better and defending better,” said Greupink.

“They have two senior captains [Hartmann and VerVelde] that have started since their freshman year. That experience showed tonight but three weeks from now we will be more experienced also,” said Damrow.

“You have to give Oostburg the credit. They made the important plays.”


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