Inland Lakes, Sacred Heart Prepare for Semifinal Matchup

BATTLE CREEK — For the first time in the programs’ histories, Inland Lakes and Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart will play in the state semifinals in volleyball. And the two teams will compete for a spot in their first state championship appearance.

The Bulldogs have had an impressive run in the postseason, which includes a victory over Rudyard in the regional final and then a sweep over Ironwood in the quarterfinals. It was their first quarterfinal appearance since 1994.

“I’ve gotten from two different coaches now that ‘this is not the team I scouted. This is not what I saw on film,'” Inland Lakes head coach Nicole Moore said. “And I think that speaks volumes about what these girls are stepping up and doing right now.”

They will meet Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, a team that made its eighth quarterfinal appearance since 2010 on Tuesday night, but the Irish had never advanced beyond that point until this season. The Irish picked up an impressive sweep over No. 5 Traverse City Christian in that top-10 matchup in the quarterfinals.

“Before this (quarterfinal) game, I was more excited than nervous, so I’m excited for what Thursday’s game is going to bring. So this is going to be an entirely new experience, but I’m ready,” Sacred Heart junior Lillian Laney said.

Their semifinal will start on Thursday at 12 p.m. in Battle Creek.

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