Rogers City Falls to Plymouth Christian in Class D Semis

BATTLE CREEK – For the second straight year, the Rogers City volleyball program ended its season in the MHSAA Class D state semifinals.

Facing defending state champion and top-ranked Plymouth Christian, the Hurons fell 3-1 (24-26, 15-25, 25-22, 21-25) at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena on Thursday.

Down two sets, Rogers City went back and forth with Plymouth Christian in the third set before pulling ahead late to force a fourth set.

Plymouth Christian (44-8-3) opened the fourth set with a 6-1 lead and never trailed to secure the match.

The Hurons led throughout most of the opening set, holding six-point leads at 16-10 and 20-14. The Hurons looked poised to draw first blood, serving for set point at 24-23 before the Eagles won the final three points.

Rogers City then opened the second set up 6-3, with Plymouth Christian rallying, this time for eight straight points to take an 11-6 lead. The Eagles led from that point on.

Taylor Fleming paced Rogers City with 17 kills, eight digs and three aces, while Kayla Rebeau closed out her prep career with 13 kills, 20 digs and one ace. Kristin Brege also had 31 assists.

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). With Thursday’s loss, the Hurons conclude their season at 38-9-3.

“Very, very proud of my for getting in there and battling, you know, and just making them get a little worried out there,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said. “We got a little bit of blocking. A little bit of hitting. You know, diggers. We were outhit. We were outmatched on the front row, but you know, I’m very proud of those girls.”

With a lineup loaded with talented juniors, Rogers City graduates just two seniors and is set to return 11 from its 2017 roster. Rabeau and Hannah Fleming capped off their careers in Thursday’s semifinal.

“I know, like, a lot of underclassmen this year looked up a lot to me and Kayla, and they wanted to do it for us,” Fleming said. “I know, I’m like, ‘Okay, next year, you guys gotta do it for me again. Like I’ll be here supporting you.'”

Plymouth Christian will face No. 6 Fowler (38-11-5) for the Class D title at 10 a.m. Saturday. Fowler handed honorable mention Munising (26-7-4) a three-set loss (25-21, 25-18, 25-11) in Thursday’s earlier semifinal.

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