Joshua Bilski ’16: Ending a sports season is never easy. All of the hard work put in-in the offseason leading up to what largely consumes your freetime, your sport, your passion, and most of the time, your life. Creating unbreakable bonds with teammates and coaches, going out and giving it everything you got every day, knowing that in the end it will all just be a memory.
The volleyball team won a State Championship last year and came into this season with a lot of expectations. Thoughts of a repeat started to creep into the girls and communities minds. The Bulldogs nearly defended that title, coming up short in the State Championship game in Battle Creek, losing to Novi in four sets.
Regardless of the outcome, the girls still accomplished a ton. The Bulldogs finished the season with a remarkable 48-8-1 overall record, sweeping their division foes 10-0. The Bulldogs plowed their way through the MHSAA State playoffs, defeating Lake Orion 3-2, Utica Eisenhower 3-2, Traverse City West 3-0, Livonia Churchill 3-2, and finally falling in a rematch of last years state Championship game to a nationally ranked Novi team.
“The playoffs was such a good experience,” Lindsay Webber ‘18 said. “Every game meant so much and we knew any time we stepped on the court together could have been our last.”
Despite the loss, the girls won a MAC Red Championship, District Championship, and Regional Championship.
The team featured some of Michigan’s best athletes. Leading the team this season, Maryland commit Gia Milana ‘16 won the Michigan Miss Volleyball award. Milana also made the All-State team, and All-American team. Jodie Kelly ‘17 also received All-State recognition, being named to the All-State second team.
Photo by: Drew Ellis