Battle Creek St. Philip

Posted On: 01/16/21 12:47 PM

The queens have reclaimed their throne.

It’s been since the 2014 season that Battle Creek St. Philip was able to host a state championship trophy, but the Fighting Tigers are back on top after claiming their 21st title on Saturday.

St. Philip did so, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked like it was going to be.

The Tigers dominated the opening two sets before seeing Oakland Christian rally back to force a fifth. In the end, St. Philip came away with a 25-8, 25-15, 22-25, 22-25, 17-15 victory.

“That was truly a great volleyball match. I’m at a loss for words. It was very emotional. Oakland Christian was a great team, they did not quit,” St. Philip coach Vicky Groat said. “Oakland Christian actually played like they were capable of playing (in the final sets). They came out firing and played a great three, four and five. We are fortunate to be sitting here as state champions.”

The Tigers never trailed in the opening two sets, as they were able to bring the fight to the Lancers early on.

Oakland Christian struggled to find much of an offensive flow in

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