Addie VanderWeide

Posted On: 01/14/21 8:16 PM

Throughout the 2020 season both Grand Rapids Christian and Lakewood have established themselves as the top two teams in Division.

A 60-day layoff and Thursday’s state semifinals did nothing to change that opinion.

Both squads looked dominant in their respective matches, earning sweeps to set up a rematch of the 2019 state final.

“I expect a battle. I think it’s funny, we haven’t played them all year but there’s this underlying tension and rivalry there because we’ve been here over the past couple of years and played them and beaten them,” Grand Rapids Christian coach Tiffannie Gates said. “I think it’s been building. I’m hoping that it will be a really, really fun match and I think it will be.”

Here’s how the two teams got to the finals:

Lakewood overpowers Notre Dame Prep

The Vikings looked like a team on a mission in a 25-15, 25-13, 25-22 win over a solid Notre Dame Prep team.

Lakewood had a clear size advantage behind Aubrey O’GormanAubreyO’Gorman6'3" | MBLakewood | 2021StateMI (6’4”) and Maradith O’GormanMaradithO’Gorman6'2" | RSLakewood | 2022StateMI (6’2”) against the Irish, who don’t have a player listed at 6-feet.

The sisters combined for 32 kills, with

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