McBain pushes Monroe St. Mary to brink in semifinals | Sports
BATTLE CREEK – McBain pushed the state number 2 team to the limit.
Monroe St. Mary swept the Ramblers, but only survived every game on Friday at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek with a 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 win over the unrated McBain.
The Ramblers finish the season 36-5-1 and were honored in the recent Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
McBain, who beat both Traverse City Central and Traverse City St. Francis that season, swept through the Highland Conference with a perfect 16-0 record, winning a regional for the third time in 12 years under head coach and Cadillac alum Shawn Murphy Championship.
Analiese Fredin added 34 more assists to end the season in which the junior topped 1,000.
Emma Schierbeek and Gabrielle VerBerkmoes scored 11 kills each, Linde VanderVlucht added nine, Jersey Scott six, Gwyneth VerBerkmoes four and Fredin two. VanderVlucht served two aces and Fredin and Scott served one each.
Gabrielle VerBerkmoes led the Rambler Defense with 12 digs and one block, while Scott added 11 digs and Schierbeek 10 added.
Jessica Costlow scored 15 kills and McKenna Payne 13 for St. Mary (36-11), who plays Reece in 9th place on Saturday at 2 p.m. Reece defeated the top ranked Muskegon Western Michigan Christian in four sets on Friday.
Scott, Schierbeek and Gabrielle VerBerkmoes end the season with more than 300 kills each.
The Ramblers lose Scott and Schierbeek from their starting line-up, but McBain returns four starters in middle blockers Gabrielle VerBerkmoes and VanderVlucht, Fredin as setter and freshman outside hitter Gwyneth VerBerkmoes. Senior defense specialist Ella Schroder, who had six digs and three serving receptions on Friday, also graduated.
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