St. Philip’s Vicky Groat coached in her 14th consecutive state final this season, as the Tigers claimed their state-record ninth straight Class D title.
Harper Creek’s Terra King coached in her first state semifinal, guiding the Beavers to Kellogg Arena for the the team’s first Final Four appearance in program history.
And for putting a pair of Cereal City teams in the semifinal round for the first time since St. Philip and Pennfield accomplished the feat in 1988, both Groat and King have been named the 2014 Enquirer All-City Volleyball Co-Coaches of the Year.
Groat and King headline this year’s 12-member All-City Volleyball Team, as voted by the city’s five varsity coaches.
After adding to St. Philip’s already MHSAA record of 20 volleyball state championships, the Tigers’ Kameron Haley, Abby McKinzie and Emily Schaub were selected to the team.
Harper Creek, having won more matches than any other team in program history, posted a team-high four members on the squad in Charley Andrews, Edrie Ganey, Kendall Latshaw and Olivia Leson.
Pennfield completed its first season in the Interstate Eight Conference with a winning record, led by All-City selections Aubrey Ritter and Alexa Stephenson.
After heavy graduation losses, Lakeview was guided through a difficult SMAC East schedule by All-City selections Julia Miller and Mei Kimoto.
Battle Creek Central’s Madisonn Jackson rounds out the All-City team after she helped triple the Bearcats win total from a year ago.