Kingsley Ends Historic 2019 Campaign in Division 2 State Semifinals
BATTLE CREEK – A historic season for the Kingsley volleyball program came to an end in the MHSAA Division 2 state semifinals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Friday.
Facing top-ranked and defending state champion Grand Rapids Christian, the sixth-ranked Stags fell in straight sets, losing 25-21, 25-14, 25-10.
Senior Brittany Bowman paced Kingsley (58-8-3) with 12 kills and 14 digs while Austyn DeWeese had nine kills. Maddie Bies registered 23 assists.
Kingsley was appearing in its first semifinal since finishing as Class C state runner-up in 2004 and making its first appearance in Battle Creek since the MHSAA moved the state finals to Kellogg Arena from Western Michigan University.
“I give our kids credit. They didn’t quit,” Kingsley coach Dave Hall said. “They played really hard, digging balls without getting a lot of touches at the net is tough to do, and they’re pounding down your throat, you can only dig so many.”
“We just worked so hard to get here, it’s just like, I guess, a dream come true to us,” added Bowman.
Addison VanderWeide led the Eagles (45-3) with a match-high 19 kills while Evelyn Doezema tallied 10 kills. Jordyn Gates recorded 28 assists and 15 digs.
Grand Rapids Christian will face second-ranked Lake Odessa Lakewood for the state championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Kellogg Arena. Lakewood handed fifth-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep a 3-1 loss on Friday’s earlier semifinal.