Category Archives: Kalamazoo Valley Cougars

RECAP: Glen Oaks Completes Season Sweep of Kalamazoo Valley

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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:

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Glen Oaks

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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).

Listen live to Tuesday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve set for 6:30 p.m. from Kalamazoo Valley.

RECAP: Kalamazoo Valley Delivers Kellogg’s First Defeat

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Kalamazoo Valley celebrates their win. Haley Rock (#3) unofficially led the team in kills

The Kalamazoo Valley Cougars defeated the Kellogg Bruins Tuesday night in four sets (25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19), snapping Kellogg’s seven-game opening win streak. Unofficially, Gobles alum Haley Rock topped the Cougars with nine kills, followed by eight from Sara Egly and seven by Gabriella Iagnocco. Three Rivers grad Hannah Landis topped Kellogg and led all players with 10 kills.

Kellogg was the first to lead by multiple points and led much of the first set. Kalamazoo Valley finished strong, ending on a 7-1 run en route to their first home set win of the season. In the second, the Bruins used an 8-0 run off the service of Kimberly Kusler to pull away and even the match at 1-1.

The third set was tied at 16-16, then a 9-5 finish pushed the Cougars back ahead. In the fourth, Kalamazoo Valley jumped out to an 8-4 start and although Kellogg briefly tied it, the Cougars never surrendered the lead.

The win puts Kalamazoo Valley at 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference. Kellogg suffers its first defeat at 7-1 and 3-1 in the West. Both squads return to action Thursday with the Cougars at Ancilla, while Kellogg hosts Glen Oaks.

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PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Kellogg Tuesday

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Listen live online Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college volleyball with the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars hosting the Kellogg Bruins.   These teams had very tight matches in their two meetings last season, as the Cougars won at home in five sets and won in Battle Creek on four sets.

Kellogg has started 2017 with a 7-0 record, already topping their four total victories in 2016.   They haven’t had eight wins in a season since 2021.  The Bruins are 3-0 in the MCCAA Western Conference, opening August with wins over Lake Michigan, Jackson, and Lansing.   Over the weekend, Kellogg added four more victories in the Owens Express Classic, including a sweep of Division III 10th-ranked Columbus State.

Kalamazoo Valley has started 1-6, although they’ve had incredibly stiff competition as they’ve faced five Division II top-25 ranked teams.  Their lone victory came in the Owens Express Classic Saturday against 14th-ranked Schoolcraft in five sets.   The Cougars are 0-3 in the MCCAA Western Conference, falling to 13th-ranked Grand Rapids, 19th-ranked Muskegon, and Glen Oaks.

Listen live online to Tuesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Texas Township.

RECAP: #13 Grand Rapids Spoils Kalamazoo Valley’s Home Opener

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Defending MCCAA champion Grand Rapids defeated Kalamazoo Valley Tuesday evening in three sets (25-16, 25-13, 25-21).   The Cougars began set #1 with a 5-1 run, but the 13th-ranked Raiders responded with a 6-0 run and very rarely trailed for the remainder of the match.

Kalamazoo Valley falls to 0-2 with the defeat.  They travel to conference foe Muskegon Thursday, then go to the Owens CC classic over the weekend.   Grand Rapids moves to 3-0 and has tournament action Friday and Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, including meetings with top-ranked Parkland and fourth-ranked Catawba Valley.

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PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Home Opener Against MCCAA Champ Grand Rapids

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Listen live online Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college volleyball with the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars hosting the Grand Rapids Raiders.   It’s the first home match of the year for the Cougars and perhaps one of their toughest matches all season against the defending Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) champions.

Kalamazoo Valley finished 14-12 overall last season and sixth in the MCCAA Western Conference at 6-10.   Grand Rapids was a perfect 16-0 in the Western Conference and 28-8 overall, earning a trip to the NJCAA national tournament.    Last September, the Cougars were able to take the second set of their match in Grand Rapids, but fell in four to the Raiders (25-22,18-25,15-25,16-25).    The Raiders swept KVCC in their October rematch (25-14, 25-19, 25-11).

Kalamazoo Valley dropped their 2017 opener in three sets Thursday at Glen Oaks.   Grand Rapids, ranked 13th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, is off to a 2-0 start with wins last week over Glen Oaks and Lansing.

Listen live to Tuesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Texas Township.

RECAP: Kalamazoo Valley, Glen Oaks End Regular Season with Split

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.

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PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Welcomes Glen Oaks for Home Finale

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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.

Listen live to Sunday’s games from Kalamazoo Valley on the Slocum Sports Network with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. 

RECAP: Game Two Walkoff Bomb Gives Kalamazoo Valley Home Split with Kellogg

After 15 consecutive losses to Kellogg, including the first three of four games this weekend, Kalamazoo Valley finally knocked off the Bruins and handed them their first MCCAA Western Conference defeat of the year Saturday.   The Cougars ended the four game series with a 8-7 walkoff home run victory in the rain from Alex Dreier.  In the first game of the afternoon, Kellogg won 12-5.

The doubleheader started two hours early in attempt to avoid a rainy weather forecast.   Although the first game stayed dry, almost the entire second game was played in a consistent rain.   Kalamazoo Valley scored once in the first inning, then added two more in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.   The powerful Kellogg offense broke the shutout in the top of the fifth on a Tanner Gross two run homer, but the Cougars used a three-run Ryan Anderson dinger and a solo bomb from Andrew Szalkowski in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-2 lead.

After an excellent first six innings, the Bruins finally got to starting pitcher Brock Emery in the seventh.   The Cougars got the first two outs, but two hits, a walk, and hit batsmen chased Emery from the game.  Joey Knapp got the final out, but surrendered a double and walk with a fielding error, allowing Kellogg to plate five in the seventh and tie the game at 7-7.  The fourth Kellogg reliever, Travis Snyder, entered in the bottom of the seventh and only threw one pitch, which Alex Dreier sent over the right field wall for the victory.   Listen to the homer below:

The win was Kalamazoo Valley’s first over Kellogg in baseball since April 9, 2011.  Dreier had two hits, two runs, and the winning RBI.  Anderson finished with three RBI on two hits and a run.  Kellogg’s Raphe Gross had three hits and a walk drown, scoring twice.   Cougar starter Brock Emery pitched 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs.  Bruin starter Max Swan went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.

In the first game of the afternoon, the Cougars struck first with two runs in the first inning.   Like Friday’s two defeats, the lead didn’t hold, with Kellogg scoring thrice in the second, twice in the third and once in the fourth.   The Cougars plated one in the third, but a six-run sixth inning removed any doubt for the Bruins.   Kalamazoo Valley scored twice more in the seventh for the 12-5 defeat.

Bruin starter Joey Nate went six innings, allowing four hits and three runs, two earned, with eight strikeouts.   Cougar starter Austin Laurencig pitched 5.2 innings, allowing ten hits and ten runs.   Offensively, Kellogg saw two doubles, two runs, and two RBI by Bailey Peterson.

Kellogg wins three of four over the weekend to improve to 30-12-2 overall and 19-1 in MCCAA Western Conference play.   At the time of posting, it was unknown if they had clinched the conference crown, with game two between Grand Rapids and Muskegon in progress.   Second place Grand Rapids needed to win to stay four games behind the Bruins with them meeting Kellogg for their final four games.    The Bruins host Grand Rapids Friday at 2 p.m., then travel Saturday at 1 p.m.

Kalamazoo Valley is 18-17 overall and 13-7 in the West, good for third.   Likewise, the result of the second Grand Rapids/Muskegon games plays into the Cougars fate, as they could secure a top three finish and a trip to the Region XII tournament if fourth place Muskegon (13-10) were to lose to Grand Rapids.   Muskegon has no more remaining Western Conference games, while the Cougars have a four-game weekend series with Glen Oaks.   Friday’s games are at Kalamazoo Valley starting at 2 p.m. and can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network.   Saturday’s doubleheader at Glen Oaks begins at 1 p.m.     Before that, the Cougars travel to Lansing for two starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Listen back to Saturday’s games below:



RECAP: Kellogg Takes Home Half of Series Against Kalamazoo Valley

The Kellogg Community College baseball team moved to 18-0 in the MCCAA Western Conference thanks to home wins Friday over Kalamazoo Valley, 11-4 and 9-6.  The Bruins jump to 29-11-2 overall with the wins while the Cougars drop to 17-16 overall and 12-6 in the Western Conference.

In game one, Kalamazoo Valley built up a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning.  However, the Bruins offense awoke from hibernation with seven runs on five hits and two home runs.   They added three more in the sixth to secure the 11-4 win off a six-inning start from Cole Sanderson, who allowed all four runs and seven hits.  Dakota Roberts pitched four-and-two-thirds for the Cougars, allowing five runs and six hits.

Offensively for Kellogg, Mitch Weber twice hit a two-run homer.    Raphe Gross had three hits and two runs.  Cooper Marshall scored twice with three hits and three RBI, plus Korey Knowles had three RBI and a run with a solo bomb.  For Kalamazoo Valley, Alex Dreier had three hits, one run and one RBI.

In the second game, the Cougars again built an early lead, getting two runs in the second and two more in the third, with both third inning runs on solo homers (Andrew Szalkowski & Dreier).   The Bruins added solo runs in the third and fourth, then used a four-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead.  Kalamazoo Valley tied it in the top of the sixth, but surrendered three in the bottom of the frame for a 9-6 final.  Bruin starter Alec Justin pitched four-and-a-third with five hits, four runs, and five walks.   Joey Knapp went five innings for the Cougars, allowing six runs, four earned, seven hits, and four walks with five stirkeouts.

Szalkowski had two runs, two hits and two RBI for the Cougars.   Kellogg’s Joey Nate did the same, with Bailey Peterson adding two hits, two runs, and one RBI.

The win extends Kellogg’s winning streak against Kalamazoo Valley to 14 games.  They meet again Saturday, this time at Kalamazoo Valley.   Originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, the doubleheader has been pushed ahead to 11 a.m. with the hopes of avoiding possible rain.   You can listen to Saturday’s games live on the Slocum Sports Network.

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