Here’s the script from our celebration of Eagles Volleyball on February 28, 2019
Tonight is a very special night. Walking out to center court tonight is your 2018 State Championship Eagles Volleyball Team! We direct your attention to the championship banner displayed on the east wall of the Quest Center.
This year the MHSAA switched volleyball to divisions instead of classes and Grand Rapids Christian’s moving to D2 had everybody in the state sit up and take notice.
The Eagle team went undefeated in conference play, not dropping a single set on the way to their 5th conference title in a row. This means that every match in league play was won by the score of 3 sets to 0. In fact, the Eagles lost only 13 sets throughout the entire season.
Non-conference play showed the strength and depth of this team as the Eagles won the East Kentwood and Portage Central Invitationals, as well as a classic match, a thrilling 5-set, come from behind victory over top-ten ranked Division 1 Hudsonville here on our own floor.
The MHSAA tournament was no different for our Eagles, where we again did not drop a single set through the entire tournament. The district and regional championships paved the way to Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. In the semifinals, the Eagles defeated perennial power Lakewood in 3 sets (of course) to advance to our first ever state title game. As we waited for our D2 championship match, we watched Lake Orion beat Rockford for the D1 state title. Our Eagles had beaten Rockford twice and Lake Orion once during the season, so our team defeated both of the teams in the D1 state finals.
Eagle Nation showed its support through the entire tournament run and were by far the loudest and largest rooting section at the state finals. The state championship game opponent was Notre Dame Prep, a strong volleyball program who had a nominee for Miss Volleyball and the Miss Volleyball of Michigan on their roster.
Our Eagles were not fazed one bit and completely dominated the match from start to finish, utilizing their signature brand of speed offense and superior defense with so many different weapons to choose from. A 3-0 win gave our Eagles volleyball program its first state title in our school’s history.
Now let’s meet our Championship team and their coaches. We’re going to do this volleyball style, using the numerical roster of the season.
The Eagle assistant coaches are Morgan DeVries-Bream and Karri Gabridge, and the head coach of the Eagles is Tiffannie Gates.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2018 D2 State Volleyball Champions!