BAY CITY – The Beaverton Varsity Volleyball team rolled to another tournament championship last weekend when they won the prestigious Mitten Bay Invitational at Bay City Central High School. The Beavers went undefeated in the tournament taking all six of their matches. The highlight of the day had to be beating defending Division 3 State Champions, Bronson, in the finals. “This was a great tournament championship for our program,” said Coach Steve Evans. “We are starting to realize our identity as a team.”
Beaverton opened pool play against Laker High winning 25-16, 25-16. They also defeated Monroe Jefferson (25-10, 25-10) and Bay City Western (25-17, 25-14) to advance to the quarterfinals. The Beavers then defeated Saginaw Nouvel (25-16, 22-25, 15-12) in the quarterfinals and Marquette (25-21, 22-25, 15-12) in the semi-finals. “We are starting to realize our identity as a team,” said Evans. “Our never stop mentality helped carry us today against some really good teams.”
Beaverton fell behind for the first time all day when Bronson won the first game 25-17, but as Evans said their “mentality” didn’t let them submit. They came back to win the final two games 25-20, and 15-13 to take the championship. It was great statistically for many of the Beavers. Molly Gerow had 56 kills, 46 digs; Mady Pahl had 102 assists, 28 digs, 23 kills; Macie Jerome had 90 digs, 14 aces; Alexis Grove had 28 digs, 15 kills; Becca Wirt had 20 kills and Avery Bassage had 30 digs, 5 aces.
“We need to build on this and keep striving for the next level,” said Evans. Beaverton jumps into Jack Pine Conference play today against Pinconning at home. The Beavers will host Swan Valley next Monday.