Shelby volleyball team falls to Laingsburg in Class C state quarterfinals

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The Shelby volleyball team’s great season ended on a tough note on Tuesday when the Tigers lost to Laingsburg in three sets in the Class C state quarterfinals at Bath High School.

The set scores were 25-15, 25-22, 25-21.

“They’re a solid team,” Shelby Coach Tom Weirich said about Laingsburg. “They had height on us, which is something that’s been a challenge for us the last couple of seasons.

“We go 5-8, 5-9 across the net, and we ran into a couple girls who were six foot. It was a tough matchup for us. They blocked us well and forced us to do a lot of things out of our comfort zone.”

Shelby was led by Jaren Smith with 13 kills and McKenna Peters with eight. Kasey Morse had 27 assists while Peters served up three aces.

Smith was strong defensively, leading the Tigers with 11 digs and three blocks.

Shelby finished the season with a 35-12-4 record. This was the second straight year that the Tigers advanced to the state quarterfinals before being eliminated.

Weirich gave special credit to his seniors for making great tournament runs two years in a row.

“Not too many teams do that,” the coach said. “This is a pretty legit feat they accomplished.

“I think they are going to look back on their careers as being successful, and not just focus on the last match.”

 

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