SLHS Varsity Volleyball closes out its season in Beal City


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Seniors Phoenix Shaw, Alexys Rodriguez, Jacie Burnham, and Alyssa Bielaga stand together as their senior season comes to a close.

Jaiden Dickman, Writer

The Saint Louis Sharks Varsity Volleyball team competed in its final game of the season at Beal City High School Nov. 2, and lost in the semi final of the district in four sets to the Sanford Meridian Mustangs. 

The team lost the first set and then came back to win the second set against a good Meridian team. The Sharks ultimately lost the next two sets falling to the Mustangs. This was the end of the season for the Sharks. Their overall record for the season was 2-7 for conference play. The Sharks worked through multiple injuries and changes throughout their season. 

Junior Lauren Gager said, “Overall, we went through a few rough parts but in the end we were able to come together and play to our full potential as a team.” 

Coach Tiffany Grupp said, “I think this season was challenging and eye opening. We had a big injury early in the season that changed a lot of things for us; the girls really had to work to expand their skills and ability to play all the way around. We had to work very hard to stay positive throughout the season, and we learned that positivity can really change the outcome of a game. Overall, I’m proud of how much these girls grew and improved over the season.” 

Junior Kylie Acker said, “ I think we had highlight games during the tournaments rather than during conference play. “ Student section fan Curtis Brashaw said, “I had lots of fun traveling to Beal City to see my friends play. The game was very close, and each set was very exciting to watch. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.” 

The Sharks’ are graduating four seniors and will have many returning players next season. The Sharks will be back in action next year for the 2023 volleyball season.