Inland Lakes Beats Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart to Advance to State Title
BATTLE CREEK – Inland Lakes topped Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart 21-25, 27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9 on Thursday afternoon to advance to the Division 4 Volleyball State Championship for the first time in school history.
Thursday’s game at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek marked the first time either program had ever made it to the state semifinals.
“I mean, it’s the first time being here. Like coach said, all our faces were like ‘it’s new here. We’re doing something different,'” said Inland Lakes senior Emily Van Daele. “So, it’s definitely a huge accomplishment and it means everything to us. And especially since it’s school history because we’re the ones who are gonna finish it.”
“Coming here is an accomplishment obviously in our town and all of our support. People are so happy for us,” said Inland Lakes head coach Nicole Moore. “But, I mean these girls don’t give up. They said it wasn’t enough, and they meant it and They played like it.”
Inland Lakes advances to face Battle Creek St. Phillip on Saturday for the state championship at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart finishes the season with a record of 35-6-4.
“These girls have worked hard for it for years and years. And to push beyond that threshold of the quarterfinals and just to get to Kellogg, you can’t ask for a better season,” said Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart head coach Krista David.