Rogers City’s Season Ends in Class D Semifinals
BATTLE CREEK – The Rogers City volleyball program’s run to the Class D state finals came to a halt Friday at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena.
Appearing in their first state semifinal since reaching the 2003 Class C semifinals, the Hurons fell in four sets to No. 6 Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, losing by scores of 25-23, 4-25, 16-25, 14-25.
“This is where we want to be at, you know, to get these girls experience, to get them exposure, to see, I mean, what it can be like,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said. “We play up in our own little next of the woods, you know, and it’s just not like this. So that’s why I was, you know, double happy to get down here because, you know, we have the chance to come in and compete for that title but yet it gets those younger girls too some exposure as to what is going on. You know, and why you need to work in the offseason. We just, we came in and we gave it all we had so.”
Winners of the 1988 Class C state championship, Rogers City rode a furious comeback in the opening set to secure the early advantage. Trailing 20-16, the Hurons nine of the final 12 points, including the final five.
The Lancers (43-4-5) would roll from there, though, winning the final 13 points of the second set for a 25-4 win and evening the match at a set apiece.
The only unranked team in the Class D semifinals, Rogers City regained some form of momentum in the third, opening with a 3-0 lead, but could not fend off another Oakland Christian run as the Lancers claimed seven of the final 10 points to take a 25-16 win.
Kayla Rabeau led Rogers City with nine kills and 11 digs, while Taylor Flemming tallied eights kills.
Erika Peacock started the attack with 14 assists.
The Hurons’ journey to Battle Creek was highlighted by an undefeated North Star League season and postseason wins over No. 5 Onaway, No. 7 DeTour and 2015 Class D semifinalist Crystal Falls Forest Park.
Oakland Christian will now face either No. 1 Plymouth Christian or No. 3 Leland at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Class D state championship.
Friday’s semifinal was the final match for five Huron seniors, as Peacock, Mary Brege, Hannah Dittmar, Veronica Szcerowski and Saige Wagner all closed out their prep careers.
Rogers City ends its season at 35-11-1 and is set to return nine athletes next year.