By Mark Blentlinger
With a record of 28-2, the Schoolcraft Volleyball Team is spiking its way through opponent after opponent. The team has lost only to Portage Central and Lakewood (Lake Odessa), ranked No. 1 in division 2. Coach Erin Onken said, “We are having fun and improving daily. Consistency in our play continues to rise and we are looking forward to postseason action starting soon”
The Eagles have hosted Delton, Kalamazoo Hackett, Galesburg and Coloma. They also held a Quad tournament that included No. 1 ranked Mendon in Division 4, No. 2 Ranked Lakewood in Division 2 and Mattawan, which is not ranked this season.
The home match vs Delton resulted in the Eagles winning 25-10, 25-8, 25-11. Kalamazoo Hackett, hoping to be competitive, was next, but Schoolcraft did not allow the Irish to flex too much muscle, shutting them down with scores of 25-13, 25-12, 25-11. The Rams of Galesburg also fell in three, 25-8, 25-8, 25-6. The Coloma Comets came into the gym to face the mighty Eagles. They fell 25-10, 25-9, 25-8.
With a win over Constantine 25-21, 25-22, 25-15, the Eagles secured the SAC Conference Valley Championship, but the games didn’t stop. The Eagles next headed to Battle Creek Lakeview for another quad tournament where they came out victors, beating Portage Northern, Cass Tech and Lakeview.
While the Eagles’ defense stands out, the team is playing very aggressively on both sides of the net. The team leaders are the ever cool and collected. Libro Kelby Goldschmeding has 419 digs this season, followed by her sister Allie Goldschmeding with 301. Onken says, “Allie is a primary passer and a dominant right-side defender.” Kayla Onken rounds out the top three in digs with 284. Offensely, Anna Schuppel leads with .558 hitting efficiency, boasting 241 kills. Leading the team in kills is Maggie Morris with 299.
The Eagles are Ranked No. 2 in Division 3, right behind No. 1 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. These 2 teams could end up seeing each other for the third time and second straight year in the Division 3 state championships.
By Mark Blentlinger