As the home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association volleyball state finals, Battle Creek is known to be a hotbed for prep volleyball.
Battle Creek is living up to that reputation as three city teams are still alive heading into the regional finals tonight.
Lakeview, Harper Creek and St. Philip all will be playing for regional titles tonight and a spot in the state quarterfinals next week – one step away from the Final Four – which will be played at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek the weekend of Nov. 22-23.
St. Philip knows all about playing in the Final Four at Kellogg Arena in high school volleyball as the defending state champs in Class D are hoping to win the Tigers’ eighth straight state championship this season.
No. 1-ranked St. Philip will face local rival Athens in a Class D regional final at 7 p.m. tonight at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. Both St. Philip and Athens swept their opponents in the regional semifinals to advance. Winner will play in a quarterfinal at Litchfield.
Lakeview will face Haslett in a Class A regional final at Kalamazoo Central at 7 p.m. tonight after the Spartans beat Mattawan in the regional semifinals, 3-1.
It is the first time in the regional finals for Lakeview since 2001.
Haslett had to come from behind to advance in the regional, trailing in three different games before winning the semifinal, 3-1, over Ann Arbor Huron.
If Lakeview wins, the Spartans will advance to the Class A state quarterfinal at Holt on Tuesday.
Harper Creek has reached the regional finals for the first time in school history. The Beavers will play Berrien Springs in a Class B regional final at Plainwell at 7 p.m. tonight. Harper Creek defeated host Plainwell in the regional semifinals in five games. If Harper Creek wins, it will play in a state quarterfinal in Otsego.
Berrien Springs had to go five games also to beat Three Rivers in its semifinal. Berrien Springs is led by Holly Toliver, who has signed to play at Michigan State University.