Battle Creek Bound: Rogers City Returns to Cereal City
ROGERS CITY – The eighth-ranked Rogers City volleyball team finds itself back on the biggest stage for the second straight year.
With a 3-2 win over No. 10 Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart on Tuesday, the Hurons (38-8-3) punched their ticket to the Class D state semifinals.
Rogers City will face defending state champion and top-ranked Plymouth Christian (43-8-3) at 2 p.m. Thursday at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena.
“The teams are just getting better and better as we climb up the ladder to get there, so we’re just going to go there and give it our best shot,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said.
The Hurons made it to the Class D semifinals a year ago, marking the first time they had reached that stage since making the 2003 Class C semifinals. A young squad a year ago, Rogers City dropped a 3-1 contest to eventual state runner-up Auburn Hills Oakland Christian.
Champions of the North Star League, Rogers City had arguably the toughest postseason road of any Class D semifinalist, beating Hillman (3-1), No. 5 Onaway (3-1), No. 2 Leland (3-2), honorable mention Bellaire (3-0) and No. 10 Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (3-2).
“A little bit extra pressure, but it makes us better,” Rogers City senior Kayla Rabeau said. “It makes us work harder and we need to work harder. We knew we had harder competition this year. We needed to get around those big middle blockers. They were big and as you could see, we hit a lot into them.”
The winner of Thursday’s semifinal will face either No. 6 Fowler (37-11-5) or honorable mention Munising (27-6-4) in Saturday morning’s state final.