McBain Falls to Monroe St. Mary CC in State Semifinals
BATTLE CREEK — McBain’s run in the postseason came to an end in the Div. 3 state semifinals in a 3-set loss to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central on Friday.
The Ramblers made their first appearance in the state semis since 2009 and battled with the two-time reigning champion for all three sets, losing each by just two points in each set. And the numbers prove just how close it was.
Despite being swept, the Ramblers had two more kills (43-41) and three more digs (52-49). They also had a close attack percentage, with Monroe St. Mary CC having .229, while McBain had .224.
“There is no quit. Even when it seemed like we’re out of it, they can fight their way back and just kind of grind it out a little bit. We were right there,” McBain head coach Shawn Murphy said. “You go back in your head. You go back in your thing and it’s just that one point. That one point right there. It just kinda adds up. But heck of a battle. I’m super proud of these guys. Just a great season.”
The Ramblers end the season with a 36-5-1 record, adding multiple titles to their program’s history by winning their conference, district and region.
They graduate six seniors from their roster, including their top two leaders in kills, Jersey Scott and Emma Schierbeek.
“I’ve been so thankful to be on this team for four years,” Schierbeek said. “It sucks losing this, but I’m just grateful we made it.”