A week after earning its first regional title in program history, the Grand Rapids Covenant volleyball team claimed its first Class C state championship thanks to a 3-1 win over Beal City on Saturday.
The Chargers held on to win the final at Kellogg Arena by scores of 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 25-17.
Covenant Christian (47-9) was led in the championship match by Cailey DeJong with eight kills, 21 assists, 10 aces and 15 digs. Alyssa Scholten and Shelby Lubbers with 13 kills apiece, while Lubbers also added 12 digs. Arika Engelsma had four kills and 12 digs and Brianna Noorman had 11 assists and six digs.
Beal City (56-4-1) was led by Addie Schumacher with 15 kills and eight digs. Melanie Schafer had six kills and 17 digs and Jenna Theisen had 26 assists.
East Grand Rapids claimed its first MHSAA volleyball title by edging Bloomfield Hills Marian 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 in the Class A final.
The Pioneers twice had made MHSAA semifinals – in Class B in both 2010 and 2011 – and then last season, when seemingly on the verge, moved into Class A. But instead of being disappointed, East Grand Rapids relished the new opportunity.
East Grand Rapids entered the tournament ranked No. 8 in Class A and finished 50-5-3. Caroline Knooihuizen led East Grand Rapids with 15 kills to go with nine digs, and Miss Volleyball finalist Maeve McDonald had 27 assists, eight kills, 13 digs and three blocks. Senior Jordan Clappison added nine kills. Together, they kept the ship steady.
Pontiac Notre Dame took the Class B state crown by defeating Grand Rapids South Christian, 25-15, 25-19, 19-25, 25-23.
Pontiac Notre Dame was led by Katherine Carlson with 25 kills and 13 digs with Dani McCormick adding 17 kills and seven digs. Ashley Knutson had 36 assists and 12 digs.