Rogers City vs. Leland. The stage is set for the regional semifinal tonight (Nov. 7) at Bellaire High School for a battle of two of the best volleyball teams in the state.
Both schools are coming off final four seasons, each making it to the big stage in Battle Creek last season, but each losing 3-1 in the Class D semifinals last year. Leland (40-9-3) is riding high after sweeping Northport for the school’s seventh consecutive district title. The team faced some tough travel last week as they had to make three trips to the Frankfort district to defeat Suttons Bay Monday, Frankfort Wednesday and Northport Thursday. All matches were 3-0 sweeps.
Leland has three state title trophies in its showcase, two teams coached by current mentor Laurie Glass (2002, 2006). The other one came in 1978. The Comets have also earned state runner-up six times (1979, 1981, 1982, 1986, 2005 and 2014). Leland has been ranked number two in Class D all season.
The Hurons, ranked eighth in the last coach’s poll, come into the regional on a roll after defeating fifth-ranked Onaway 3-1 in the district. Unlike Leland, the Hurons had no travel, as the districts were played on the Hurons’ home court. Also unlike Leland the Hurons lost the first set of each match, first to Hillman in the district semifinals and then to Onaway in the district finals.
The regional game with the Hurons and Comets is the second game of the night at Bellaire. Hale faces Bellaire in the first game, set to begin at 6 p.m.