Cadillac Comes up Short in Semis, Falls to Lake Odessa Lakewood
BATTLE CREEK – The Cadillac volleyball program’s run to Battle Creek and the Class B state semifinals came to an end Thursday at Kellogg Arena.
Appearing in their first state semifinal since 2013, the No. 7 Vikings fell to No. 1 Lake Odessa Lakewood, 3-1 (22-25, 16-25, 25-14, 21-25).
“Well, we really got our goal, that we wanted to be here, and we were kind of the underdogs coming in and we really weren’t expected to win,” Cadillac senior Ali Finch said. “We definitely played with them, but we just had some things not go our way and sometimes we couldn’t do things when we needed to.
“I’m so proud of them and we have a lot of to be proud of. There’s only four teams that get to say that they finished their season in Battle Creek, so that’s something to be proud of.”
Spotting Lakewood the first two sets, Cadillac mounted a comeback in the third set, securing the opening six points and leading by as much as 12 at 22-10 before cutting the deficit to a set with a 25-14 win.
The Vikings kicked off the fourth set with a 5-0 lead and led by as much six at 13-7. Trailing 16-14, Lakewood won four straight points to take its first lead of the set and never relinquished the lead.
Trailing 20-13 in the opening set, Cadillac rallied to win seven consecutive points before ultimately falling 25-22.
The second set was all Lakewood, as it took a commanding 2-0 match lead.
Kylie Christensen paced the Cadillac attack with a match-high 21 kills, while Finch and Gabby Kapuscinski tallied nine kills apiece. Finch got the offense in motion with 37 assists, while Marykate Taylor posted 19 digs.
Breanna Wickerink led Lakewood with 20 kills.
Lakewood (54-5) will now face No. 3 North Branch at 4 p.m. Saturday for the Class B state title. The Broncos (57-9) rallied for a five-set win over No. Buchanan in Thursday’s earlier semifinal.
Thursday’s semifinal was the final match for five Viking seniors, as Finch, Christensen, Liz Pyles, Mikayela Jones and Naomi Boonzaaijer closed out their prep careers.
Cadillac finishes the year at 50-8-2 and is set to return six athletes next season.