Schoolcraft volleyball team receives honors

The varsity volleyball team. Front row, left to right: Lilli Curtis, Hannah Grochowski, Abbi Curtis. Middle row, left to right: Allie Goldschmeding, Cassidy Bruner, Kayla Onken, Sophie Ridge. Back row, left to right: Allison Bailey, Anna Schuppel, Maggie Morris, Kelby Goldschmeding, Camden Bruner. Photo by Visual Sports Network.

Schoolcraft Coach Erin Onken proudly shared recent Eagles varsity volleyball stats, marveling at the focus her team displayed despite the challenges from COVID-19. The team maintained a 35-3 record on the season and a No. 2 in Division 3 ranking all-season. The Eagles are SAC Champions, District and Regional Champs and won the Niles Quad. The team will compete in the state quarter finals in January. It earned Academic Team All-State honors for the 9th straight year. In addition, six seniors were awarded Academic Individual All-State honors. Five players received SAC 1st Team All-Conference and one player received Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Five players earned All-Region honors and received recognition at the state level: Kayla Onken and Maggie Morris were recognized as 1st Team All State; Anna Schuppel earned 2nd team; Kelby Goldschmeding earned 3rd team; and Allie Goldschmeding earned honorable mention.

The girls worked hard all season long, maintaining their positivity and high expectations for training and competitions. Coach Onken said the uncertainty of the season has been difficult, but added, “Their love and support for one another is inspiring and is what makes this group truly unique.” Practice resumes Monday, Jan. 4, with quarter finals scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12. “It will be nice to get some closure on our season!” Onken said.

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