Rogers City defeats Bellaire to win third straight regional volleyball title

Courtesy Photo The Rogers City volleyball team won its third straight regional title on Thursday, sweeping Bellaire in a Class D regional in Bellaire.

BELLAIRE — For the third year in a row, the Rogers City volleyball team has brought home a regional championship.

After an emotional and wild win over No. 2 Leland two days ago, the Hurons made quick work of the host team Bellaire by sweeping the Eagles 25-21, 25-14 and 25-16 to capture their third consecutive district title.

“It took a while for us to get going because of the long bus ride, but once we did, the girls took over,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said. “We got Bellaire off balance and everyone did their job again. It was just really nice to see.”

The Hurons were led by Taylor Fleming who came up big again as she ended the night with 21 kills, 13 digs and four aces. Kayla Rabeau had 18 kills and 12 digs. Kristin Brege dished out 32 assists and had nine digs. Kyrsten Altman added five digs and four aces. Jayna Hance chipped in with 13 digs and Hannah Fleming ended with eight digs to help the Hurons keep their season alive.

“Every year starts different and we went through a lot this year to get to this point. We always strive to play our best at the end of the season and this year it was worth being patient at the beginning,” Quaine said. “We continue to gel and it’s nice to have girls who have been there before and went through pressure situations. We played a lot of close sets along the way and our competition this year has really helped us and that’s a shout out to all of the good teams in our area.”

Rogers City advances to Tuesday’s quarterfinal game where it will play Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart.

“We have a few things to work on and a few spots we need to clean up. We’re going to keep working and take it one game at a time,”Quaine said. “We’re excited for another quarterfinal game and we’re hopeful we can make it back to states again. These girls have hoped for these moments all year and they have remained focus with the goal to get back to Battle Creek in mind.”