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Saugatuck beats Black River in straight sets

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By Leo Martonosi

Sports Correspondent

 

HOLLAND—The Saugatuck volleyball team needed to play a strong match to upend Holland Black River on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

And that’s just what the Indians did.

“They have really improved,” Saugatuck coach Sherri Austin said of the River Rats after her teamed picked up the 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 win.

There is reason why the Holland school gave Austin’s outfit a stiff battle.

“Their coach is working hard in turning things around,” Austin said.

The victory moved Saugatuck to 17-9 for the season overall. The Indians remained 4-1 in the SAC and 3-0 in the Lakeshore Division.

“We’re starting to come on,” said junior setter Gracelynn Miller, who played a strong overall game with five kills.

Katie Ayers, another junior who finished with three kills and two blocks, said there is a big reason for the Indians improved play.

“We’ve played a lot better after we beat Hopkins a couple of weeks ago,” Ayers said. “I think beating a good Hopkins team gave us even more confidence than we already had.”

Zoe Myers once again led the Saugatuck stat leaders with nine kills, two aces and 12 assists.

“We received great contributions from a lot of girls tonight,” Austin said.

Among those contributing players were Aerin Baker (nine kills and four blocks), Karrisa Moerler (four kills), Josie Lubben (two aces, three kills and two digs), Abby Hartgerink (three assists and five digs), Ellery Gentry (six digs), Lauren Barnhill (two aces and two kills), Emma Walker (three digs) and Have Boyers (one dig).

“The girls have had a great stretch in September, going 13-3 for the month,” Austin said. “Things are really starting to click and our scrappy defensive play leads to our powerful offense. These girls are really fun to watch.”

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