RECAP: #4 Schoolcraft, #1 Bronson Set for Regional Final Showdown

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Schoolcraft prepares for player introductions.

The Schoolcraft Eagles and Bronson Vikings won their Class C Regional Semifinal volleyball matches Tuesday at Watervliet, both winning in three sets.  Schoolcraft topped conference foe Kalamazoo Christian 25-15, 27-25, 25-15, and Bronson rolled Brandywine 25-7, 25-9, 25-18.

The Eagles and Vikings, ranked fourth and first in the final Coaches Association poll, will now meet for the second time in three years in the Regional Final Thursday at 7 p.m. and that match can be heard live online via the Slocum Sports Network.

In the first semifinal, Schoolcraft dominated the first set from the very start.   Kalamazoo Christian battled hard in the second set and led for a decent chunk.   The set had four lead changes and never saw either team lead by more than three.   The Comets had multiple set-point chances with a 24-21 lead, but the Eagles survived for the 27-25 win.   Kalamazoo Christian grabbed a quick lead in the third, but it didn’t last and Schoolcraft was able to pull away for good.

Unofficially, Schoolcraft sophomore outside hitter Andelyn Simkins led the squad with 18 kills, followed by 11 from senior Paige Gebben.   The Comets had five from sophomore Carley Broekhuizen and senior Tara Razenberg.  She graduates, along with Mackenzie Wallace and Madelyn Batts with a final 2017 record of 28-17-4.   The Eagles move to 37-13-2.

The second semifinal was never in doubt with the two-time defending state champions dominating the entire way.  Brandywine had the first two points of the match, but quickly saw that lead turn into an 18-point hole.   The Bobcats showed some fight in the third set, but Bronson was too much to handle.

Unofficially, Bronson sophomore Keona Salesman had 15 kills.   Miss Volleyball candidate Kiana Mayer added six aces, pushing the Vikings to 55-9-2 on the season.  Brandywine senior Grace Polomcak had five kills in her final match.   The Bobcats finish 36-8-4 according to Maxpreps and also graduate Lauren Srmek and Melanie Martinez.

Bronson and Schoolcraft are now set for the Regional Final Thursday at 7 p.m. and that match can be heard live online via the Slocum Sports Network.   When they met in the 2015 Regional Final, Bronson won 25-17, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22.   The Vikings look to continue their path to a three-peat, while Schoolcraft hopes for their first quarterfinal appearance since 2013.

Listen back to Tuesday’s semifinals below:

SCHOOLCRAFT VS KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN

BRONSON VS BRANDYWINE

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