The Glen Oaks Vikings earned a road sweep of the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars Tuesday, 25-19, 25-16, 25-12, matching the August sweep the Vikings earned on their home floor. They assumed control midway through the first set on a big run off the service of Carly Kyle, putting them ahead by ten at one point.
The second set stayed close early again, but Glen Oaks built their biggest run and lead in the final stretch. In the third set, there was no doubt for the Vikings. Unofficially, Calsey Gruzdov led the team with 13 kills, followed by nine from Paige Engdahl. Carlie VandenBerg’s five topped the Cougars.
Glen Oaks moves to 16-8 overall and 6-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference. They return to action at conference-leader #4 Grand Rapids next Tuesday. Kalamazoo Valley falls to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in the West. The Cougars head to Grand Rapids Thursday, then compete at GRCC in a tournament Saturday and Sunday.
Listen back to Tuesday’s match below:
Listen live online Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars host the Glen Oaks Vikings in college volleyball. These teams currently sit in the middle of the MCCAA Western Conference standings. Glen Oaks is tied for third at 5-3, while Kalamazoo Valley is tied for sixth at 3-5.
Overall, the Cougars are 5-9, although they’ve won three of their last four matches and a hold a 2-1 home record. The Vikings are 15-9 on the season and have won seven of their last eight, only falling to #1 ranked Harper College in four sets Saturday in that stretch. Glen Oaks hosted Kalamazoo Valley back on August 24 with a 3-0 Viking win (25-18, 25-13, 25-21).
Kalamazoo Valley and Glen Oaks split their final two regular season games Sunday afternoon at Kalamazoo Valley, with the Vikings winning game one 4-3 and the Cougars taking game two 12-3. The Cougars end the regular season at 21-18 with a 16-8 MCCAA Western Conference record, good for third and a spot in the NJCAA Region XII tournament. Glen Oaks ends at 13-24 and sixth in the West at 6-18. Kalamazoo Valley takes the season series, having won twice Saturday at Glen Oaks.
Glen Oaks never trailed in the first game, getting on the board with a run in the bottom of the first. The Cougars matched in the second inning, with both teams adding two runs in the third. The fourth and final Viking run came in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Cody Huston, bringing in Jesse Noce off a lead-off double. With the 4-3 lead, Chantz Stover came in and pitched three clean innings of relief for the win, followed by a save from Christian Howard.
Joey Knapp pitched the entire game for Kalamazoo Valley, allowing seven hits and four runs, all earned. Santos Catanzarite had the first three innings and allowed three runs, two earned, with three hits for Glen Oaks. Offensively, Viking catcher Donald Carruthers had a double and triple with two RBI.
In the second game, the Cougars exploded with five runs on five hits in inning #1, followed by four more in the second inning. Kalamazoo Valley added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth, while Glen Oaks had solo runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Ten Cougars had a hit with nine scoring runs, with the biggest hit on an Alec Washegesic three RBI double in the second.
Brock Emery pitched three innings for the Cougars, allowing one run on four hits. Jason John went the final four innings, allowing three hits and two runs. Jacob Land started for Glen Oaks, allowing nine runs over two innings. Zachary Mosby and Brandon Lewis pitched two innings each of relief, allowing two and one run, respectively.
Glen Oaks’s season is over. As for Kalamazoo Valley, they compete against the to-be-determined third place Eastern Conference team Thursday at 11 a.m. in the MCCAA tournament from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. The result of that game determines where the Cougars will be seeded in two weeks for the Region XII tournament.
Listen back to Sunday’s games below:
NOTE: Friday’s games at KVCC have been moved to 1 p.m. Sunday. They will still be broadcast via the Slocum Sports Network.
Listen live on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars host the Glen Oaks Community College Vikings in a baseball doubleheader. These teams end their regular season this weekend, with two more games set for Saturday at Glen Oaks.
Kalamazoo Valley has secured a spot in the top three of the MCCAA Western Conference and a trip to the NJCAA Region XII tournament. At 13-7 in the West (18-17 overall), the Cougars sit third, two games behind Grand Rapids (15-5). Grand Rapids ends their season with four games over the weekend against first place Kellogg (19-1), giving Kalamazoo Valley a chance to get to second if Grand Rapids falters against Kellogg and if the Cougars take care of the Vikings.
The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, with the Cougars and Grand Rapids splitting their four games. The second tiebreaker is record against the top team, with the Cougars going 1-3 against Kellogg and Grand Rapids to be decided. As for Glen Oaks, they sit at sixth in the Western Conference at 5-15 with an overall record of 12-21.