Posted On: 01/15/21 10:07 PM

The Division 4 state finals presents an interesting storyline.

One team will be competing for their first state championship. The other has already won 20.

In Friday’s semifinals, Oakland Christian and Battle Creek St. Philip advanced to Saturday’s championship with wins over Carney-Nadeau and Mesick, respectively.

The two will face off at 10 a.m. from Kellogg Arena.

Here’s a look at how they got there:

St. Philip shows its old form against Mesick

Brooke DzwikBrookeDzwik5'10" | OHBattle Creek St. Phil | 2022StateMI

St. Philip is playing for its first state championship since 2014 after defeating Mesick in three sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-19.

“We’re in the state finals. After the unbelievable year that we’ve been through since August, to be playing in the last possible day in your long volleyball season is awesome. I am excited for my kids. I am excited for my program,” St. Philip coach Vicky Groat said.

Mesick put up an inspired effort, but St. Philip just had too many athletes for the Bulldogs.

Mesick consistently found ways to stay in points with its defense, outlasting the Tigers in a number of rallies. However, Mesick’s inability to finish points opened the

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