Tigers band together for cancer awareness

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Gobles’ Libbee Nason goes for the kill against Allegan Monday night.  Gobles lost in three games, as the two Tiger squads raised nearly $700 for Wings of Hope in Allegan to battle cancer. Tigers Rock Photography/Gala Rock

    Gobles’ varsity volleyball team is ready for the 2019 season. The Tigers’ goals for the year are to increase their winning percentage to 80% and be in the top half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
   The squad returns two seniors, Christiana Hunt and Libbee Nason. “These two ladies know what it takes to be leaders on the court and are strong athletes to help us win,” said Gobles Coach Renee Rambadt. Other returning players are middle hitter Karlee Henderson and setter Emily Baxter. “I’m excited for these two ladies to become a powerful pair to help our offense out at the net,” said  Rambadt. Rounding out the team is: Michela Buxton, Destiny Woodard, Abby Sandahl, Mackenzie Lisowski and Madison Brady.
   The girls started their season at Lawton last Saturday. In pool play Gobles beat Comstock (25-23, 25-22), Saugatuck (25-20, 25-24), split with Hartford (25-16, 15-24) and lost to Hopkins (10-25, 22-25), finishing second and advancing to the quarterfinals. 
   The Tigers faced host team Lawton, and lost in two games, 12-25, 10-25. “I’m very proud of the girls for playing hard for most of the day on Saturday,” said Rambadt. “We just need to work on having the mindset of consistently playing hard every point in every game.”
   Christiana Hunt had 24 kills for Gobles. Libbee Nason added 15 kills, and Karlee Henderson, 11 kills. Madison Brady offered five assisted blocks, Makenzie Lisowski scored two aces, Abby Sandahl had one kill. Emily Baxter contributed 52 assists and Michela Buxton muscled out 10 digs.


   On Monday night, Gobles and Allegan played in the 3rd annual Cancer Awareness Volleyball game, joining  together to raise money for Wings of Hope in Allegan. By the end of the evening, the teams had raised $686 for the cause.
   “I wanted to say thank you to all the parents of Gobles and Allegan for helping out with donations,” said Coach Rambadt. “The teams always look forward to working together for such a wonderful cause.”
   Gobles ended up losing to Allegan in three games, 21-25, 14-25 and 15-20.
   “When we were able to service receive the girls had no problem hanging with Allegan. This is one of our goals to work on our service and receive and improve as the season progresses," said Rambadt.  Win or lose it was a great day to be a Tiger. 

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