Volleyball News

2013 Alumni Volleyball Match

What: Alumni Volleyball Match for anyone that played for the Jayhawk Volleyball team in the past.

When: Wednesday August 7

Time: Match begins at 6:00 pm. Players should be there by 5:00 pm.

Format: If there are enough Alumni to form two teams then they will play a match against each other. After that is over we will then have a match featuring the 2013 Jayhawk Team vs the most recent Alumni.

Why: This is going to be used as a scholarship fund raiser in order to provide more financial assistance to the student athletes playing on the volleyball team.

How are you raising Funds: Admission will be by donation. Any amount given is appreciated. We will also have jerseys and warm-ups for sale from previous years. Everything is by donation so what ever you want to give towards an item is acceptable.

If you want to play: Be sure to let me know if you would like to play. We would love to see many players and coaches from previous teams come to this event. This is a great way for all of the Jayhawk players past and present to get to know each other.

After the match we will have a snack and dessert table for everyone in attendance.

Rick Rykse

All Star Match Recap

The Muskegon Area High School Seniors All Star Volleyball Game took place on Tuesday, June 11 at the Bartels Rode Gymnasium on the campus of Muskegon Community College. A total of 20 players and 5 coaches took part in the event which is an annual tradition for the top high school seniors in the greater Muskegon area.

The Gold team—which was coached by Kyle Kurant (retiring coach from Mona Shores), Ed Bailey (West Michigan Christian), and Shane Balcom (Coopersville)—was victorious over the Blue team 3-2 as the match went to 5 sets. The Blue team—coached by Nicole Bayle (Fruitport) and Ted Edsall (Whitehall)—won sets 1 and 4 but could not pull of the win and fell to the Gold team 15-8 in the deciding set.

Members of the Blue team were Meghan Birr and Erin Surge from Mona Shores, Laura Hardy from North Muskegon, Rachel Bruinsma from WMC, Marissa Ejups from Grand Haven, Autumn Winger from Fruitport, Bailey Seeger from Whitehall , and Courtney Vanderwater from Muskegon Catholic.

Gold team members were Mary Rieger from Houghton Lake, Julie Merz from WMC, Brandie Jones from Fruitport, Dayle Wood from Grant, Sydney Czurak from Shelby, Kendall Sells from Mona Shores, Stephanie Sedgewick from Grand Haven, Hannah Sommers from Ravenna, and Brooke Morgan from Comstock Park.

Three additional players were unable to play due to injury but helped out in running the event. They were Lexi Oddy from Cadillac, Lindsey Kotecki from Williamston, and Maria Felt from Shelby.

Thank you to current Jayhawks Beka German, Amber Carmean, and Lindy Szilagyi for helping with the event. Also thanks to former Jayhawks setter Julie Larson for reffing and to Assistant Coach Adam Rykse for making it possible to live stream the match.


Muskegon Community College Volleyball
High School Seniors All Star Volleyball Match

Muskegon Community College is proud to announce the High School Seniors All-Star Volleyball Match will take place at Muskegon Community College on Tuesday, June 11 in the Bartels Rodes Gymnasium. 
This event has long been a tradition of inviting the top area seniors to come together and showcase their talent before heading off to college. This year’s group of invited seniors includes 11 players that were voted to All-State teams in 2012. This group also has at least 16 players that will continue their volleyball careers playing at various colleges in the fall of 2012, including four that have signed at various DI Universities. 

The All Star Match festivities will begin with a practice session at 3:30 p.m., which will be conducted by the M.C.C. coaching staff. Teams will then be selected by our panel of high school coaches that will take part in coaching the match. Each player will receive an All Star game t-shirt to commemorate the match. Players and staff will also be treated to a meal between the practice and match time.

The All-Star Game will begin at 6:00 p.m. with each player wearing their high school game jersey in order for fans to better recognize where each player is from. The game is also televised on local cable and includes the announcing crew from the Jayhawks home matches. This will be a fun night for everyone as the players get to play together one last time and the fans get to see some very high level volleyball.