Olivia Beyer must have figured her career as a standout player for Plymouth’s varsity girls volleyball team had to end with a matchup against the Canton Chiefs.
And so it was on Monday at Novi High School, in a hard-fought Class A district quarterfinal between the Wildcats and Chiefs.
Although Canton prevailed in three games, Plymouth fought the good fight — especially Beyer, the uber-talented middle hitter who next fall will be patrolling the front row for Division I Louisiana State University.
“It was just crazy, we were really excited that we got to play Canton because it’s just an awesome rivalry,” said Beyer, who seemingly never stops smiling. “And we were really excited just to be able to come out as a team. We got really fired up for this game.”
Beyer was everywhere, blasting away from points all over the floor. She drove the ball from the back. She jumped up for key blocks. And she sparkled with her serves.
Her stats for the match were impressive, despite the Wildcats falling 25-23, 25-12 and 25-18. She tallied 13 kills, 13 digs and four blocks.
“We’re disappointed with the fact we lost,” Beyer added. “But I’m far from disappointed with my team. We really showed improvement from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
“Girls really showed up tonight and I’m just so proud of everyone. We have a ton of fun. If we had to go out like this, it was all right, because we had fun, we played as a team and we gave it our full effort.”
Fans were aware of the end of the Beyer era, too, chanting “LSU” throughout the night.
Plymouth head coach Sarah Marody also spoke with a hint of sadness in her voice about Beyer moving on.
But Marody also can’t wait to see what the lanky blonde is able to do on the collegiate stage.
“It’s been an amazing four years,” Marody said. “She’s a class act. Wonderful family and I’m very proud of her scholarship to LSU. I know she’s going to do wonderful.
“She’s the teammate of your dreams, everyone enjoys being around her. Her positive energy, she’s never down. She picks her teammates up.”