Beaverton Ends Historic Season in Division 3 State Semifinals
BATTLE CREEK – Beaverton’s historic 2019 campaign on the volleyball court came to a conclusion Friday in a Division 3 state semifinal at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
Facing second-ranked Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, the seventh-ranked Beavers fell in straight sets, losing 25-20, 25-17, 25-7.
Friday’s contest marked Beaverton’s first-ever state semifinal appearance, as the Jack Pine Conference champions also claimed their first regional championship in program history last week. The Beavers are just the second Jack Pine team to reach the state semifinals, joining Roscommon, which reached the Class C semifinals in 2014.
“I’ll remember the big run that we had. I’ll remember the all of the trophies we brought home, our first regional, and our first quarterfinal,” Beaverton coach Steve Evans said. “I love that our community, there was nothing that we could do to disappoint them today. They were going to be proud of us no matter what, and they were through every point.”
Mady Pahl paced Beaverton with six kills, 15 assists and 15 digs while Molly Gerow tallied six kills, two assists and nine digs.
Mikayla Haut led St. Mary (49-2) with a match-high 24 kills while Abbie Costlow tallied nine kills.
Beaverton’s postseason run saw the Beavers (46-2-1) record wins over Harrison (3-0), Pinconning (3-1), Houghton Lake (3-0), Manton (3-0) and Traverse City St. Francis (3-0).
St. Mary will face top-ranked Schoolcraft (48-6-1) for the state championship at noon Saturday at Kellogg Arena. Schoolcraft handed No. 10 Saginaw Valley Lutheran (40-9-5) a 3-0 loss in Friday’s first semifinal.