The Muskegon Catholic volleyball team battled through five grinding sets on Thursday, but ended up losing a Class D regional championship match to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart at Big Rapids Crossroads Academy.
The match was extremely tight from start to finish.
The Crusaders lost the first set 25-20, won the second 25-21, lost the third 28-26, then forced a tiebreaker with a 28-26 victory in the fourth.
But the Crusaders’ season ended with a 15-11 loss in the final set.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way the team battled tonight,” said MCC Coach Laura Farrell. “It was the best match we’ve played all season, and each point was a complete battle.
“I was so pleased with the senior leadership on the court, and when we lost Abby Zelenka to an ankle injury in set four, the underclassmen really stepped up.”
Zoie Price paced the Crusaders with 22 kills offensively and 12 digs and four blocks on defense.
Lauren Doriot and Abby Zelenka had 10 kills apiece, Isabelle Bertelone added six and Amelia Heminger had 55 assists.
Muskegon Catholic ended the season with a 31-15 record, a Lakes 8 Conference championship and a Class D district title.