Rogers City captures NSL Big Dipper championship

WHITTEMORE — The Rogers City volleyball team knows what time of the year it is and they continue firing on all cylinders. The Hurons turned in a perfect weekend, winning every set and match they played in on their way to capturing a North Star League Big Dipper division championship on Saturday in Whittemore Prescott.

Rogers City won all eight sets and four matches during pool play, starting with a victory over the host Cardinals, winning by scores of 25-11 and 25-10.

The Hurons then went on to defeat Oscoda, 25-12 and 25-17. Rogers City then beat Mio 25-22 and 25-17 before ending pool play with a win over Alcona, 25-13 and 25-17 as the Hurons earned the top seed heading into the semifinals.

Rogers City met up with Oscoda in the semifinals and again took care of the Owls, beating them convincingly by scores of 25-11 and 25-4.

The Hurons advanced to the championship match against Alcona and defeated the Tigers, 25-13 and 25-20 to go a perfect 12-0 in sets on the day and win all six matches that they played to bring home another NSL division title.

“The girls had a good day. We just continue to get prepared for districts and we’re putting all of the pieces together and I think we’re peeking at the right time,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said.

The Hurons were led by Kayla Rabeau who had 25 kills, 25 digs and 21 aces. Taylor Fleming added 43 kills and 11 blocks. Hannah Fleming ended the day with 20 digs and 13 aces. Kristin Brege dished out 77 assists. Jayna Hance had 44 digs. Catheryn Hart added 12 kills and Maddy Hincka chipped in with 10 kills to help the Hurons capture another championship and remain hot.

Rogers City is 33-8-3 overall and begins its quest for another deep postseason run tonight when they enter district play with a matchup against Hillman, who has been equally as impressive this season. The Tigers were winners of the NSL Little Dipper division and the two teams will square off in a district semifinal match tonight at Rogers City High School.

With several returning players from last seasons team that made it to the state semifinals in Battle Creek, the Hurons are hopeful that they’re solid play at the end of the regular season is a sign of bigger things to come during this postseason.

“We have a tough match with Hillman and we know we’re in a tough district and we’re going to have to work hard and earn it if we want to continue our season,” Quaine said. “We just have to continue playing our game. We have really picked it up as of late and it’s really good to see.”