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Onaway VB swept at semifinals, stay proud

November 16, 2012
The Alpena News

BATTLE CREEK-The Onaway volleyball team's record-setting season came to an end on Friday.

The Cardinals were swept out of the Class D playoffs by Battle Creek St. Philip in a semifinal at Kellogg Arena, 25-9, 25-8 and 25-17.

St. Philip will play in the Class D state final tomorrow against Beal City who defeated Mendon in four games.

Onaway head coach Steve Watson wasn't disappointed in his team's loss.

"It was a really big deal for us to make it this far. We went down there representing all of northern Michigan above 72 and I couldn't be any prouder of the girls," he said.

Watson also reflected on the support his team received from members of the community as they went to the finals.

"We got a lot of people supporting us through text and on Facebook and phone messages. It was people from all over and it was really great to get that kind of support against a team that probably could have won a class A championship" he said.

Amanda McKinzie led the Fighting Tigers with 14 kills and added 8 digs. Sierra Hubbard-Neil added 12 kills and eight digs and Casey Gallagher chipped in with 10 kills. Lenae Lesiow had 30 assists.

Mariah Ehrke led Onaway with eight kills and 11 digs; Devin Bristley had four kills; Sara Fullerton, Lexi Szymoniak and Meagan Self each had two kills; Szymoniak and Megan Estep each had six digs.

Onaway finishes the season at 48-5-3 after winning setting a new school record for wins in a season, winning the Ski Valley Conference title for the first time, winning a fifth district title in seven seasons, winning the school's first volleyball regional title and becoming only the third team in school history to advance to the state finals.

Watson reflected on his team's record breaking season.

"All season long we've played great. We only had five loses all season. Three of them were to class?A teams, one to the number three team and one to the number one. These girls deseve a lot of respect for what they've done this year," he said.



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