BEAVERTON – Undefeated and almost untouched, the Beavers completed their second straight undefeated conference season last Wednesday and for the second year in a row they only lost one set along the way. “I’m really proud of this team,” said Coach Steve Evans. “We have won the Jack Pine Conference three out of the last four years and have gone undefeated the last two.”
The Beavers overwhelmed the competition on Wednesday in a quad they hosted. They beat Harrison 25-13, 25-10 and Pinconning 25-17, 25-12. Mady Pahl and Molly Gerow continued to add big numbers to their school records. Pahl had another 36 assists while Gerow added 26 more kills. Alexis Grove and Leiyah Mungin 15 and 14 digs respectively and Becca Wirt had a big night at the net with five kills and three blocks.
Later in the week I had the chance to catch up with Evans as him team began their preparation for the upcoming state playoffs. “A couple of years ago we were 21-0 going into conference this year we are 23-5 at the end of regulation,” he reflected. “It’s been kind of a crazy year going from grass to a tournament in the gym then back to grass. There have been weeks of uncertainty and just to have a regular season completed feels like a victory.” Last season the Beavers had played 43 games entering the playoffs.
“I am grateful to our five seniors that have done such a great job leading us on and off the court,” continued Evans. “For us to repeat again as undefeated conference champions is big. I’m definitely happy with how the season has gone, every day is an extra day.” Beaverton’s five seniors include Pahl, Gerow, Wirt, Rayne Myers and Logan Matthews.
The recent surge in COVID cases is having an effect on some of the local volleyball districts. Beaverton was originally scheduled to play Harrison Monday in the first round of the playoffs. Harrison has been forced out of the tournament so the Beavers had to wait until tonight to get started. They play Pinconning tonight at 6 p.m. in Farwell. There will be no tickets available to the general public but the game will be streamed live on the Beaverton Jr./Sr. high Facebook page.