Gull Lake secured a home sweep Wednesday against Kalamazoo Central 25-21, 25-18, 25-22. The win gives the Blue Devils the SMAC East division championship for the second straight season and puts the Maroon Giants in third place behind Lakeview.
The Blue Devils jumped out to an early three point lead in the first set, but a K-Central rally gave the Maroon Giants an 11-8 lead at the first timeout. Gull Lake responded with a 10-3 run, going ahead on the fourth and final lead change of both the set and match. Lexie Beeke’s five aces in the first frame helped make the ultimate difference.
GL dominated through the entire second set, starting ahead 8-2. The Blue Devils never trailed in the third, although Kalamazoo Central battled hard, getting back within one or two points on multiple occasions.
Unofficially, Ireland Watts paced Gull Lake with nine kills, followed by seven from Beeke and six by Savanna Disbrow. K-Central’s Rhajani Shepherd led all players with 10 kills, followed by Trynity Wafford with six.
The loss puts Kalamazoo Central at 7-20-2 overall and 2-2 to finish division play. Gull Lake improves to 17-14-1 and closes division play at a perfect 4-0. Both teams play SMAC crossover matches against West division teams in the upcoming two Wednesdays. The two division champs, Gull Lake and Mattawan, face off for the top billing in Richland on October 23.