Leland Eyes First State Title Since 2015
LELAND –After a one-year absence, top-ranked Leland makes its return to the volleyball state semifinals and Battle Creek on Friday.
Making their fourth semifinal appearance in five years, the Comets (46-10-1) will face No. 9 Carney-Nadeau (26-3-1) in a Division 4 semifinal at Kellogg Arena Friday at 2 p.m.
With five state championships, including the 2015 Class D title, and six runner-up finishes to its credit, Leland is the most experienced program of the four remaining teams in Division 4.
“We’ve talked about this all year, of trying to get down to Battle Creek,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said. “We’ve been talking about, we were hoping we would go last year, and get four in a row, and we just set the goal early on in August and just started talking about that everything we do was making us prepared to get where we wanted to go.”
The Comets have yet to drop a set this postseason, recording wins over Buckley, Traverse City Christian, Hillman, Bellaire and Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart.
Winners of three straight district championships, Carney-Nadeau is making its first semifinal appearance and claimed the program’s first-ever regional title last week. The Wolves handed Onaway a five-set loss in a quarterfinal on Tuesday.
The winner of Friday’s semifinal will face either second-ranked Mendon (47-6-3) or fourth-ranked Southfield Christian (27-9-3) for the state title Saturday at 10 a.m.