“The thing I think what I’m proud of most is the way we did it, and how the kids played through out the whole day,” said coach Aaron Smaka. “We had to battle through a significant amount of adversity, we had so many kids step up through the day. It was incredible.”
The young Buccaneers were without senior captain Amy Kober on Saturday, who was sick. Morgan Ross filled in admirably with 14 kills and seven blocks.
Then, in Game 2 against Grand Rapids Catholic Central, setter Katie Cole sprained her ankle.
That forced Sophia Newhouse into the position, which she hadn’t played before. Newhouse had 34 digs and 27 assists on the day, and (wo)manned the spot until a taped-up Cole was able to return in the semifinals against Byron Center.
“She had never set before in a match,” Smaka said. “The way she was able to step up and do that was huge. The kids just showed no fear the whole day.”
The Buccaneers ended up losing to the Cougars, 2-1, but bounced back against Kenowa Hills, 25-12, 25-11.
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