Addie VanderWeide

Posted On: 01/13/21 2:49 PM

I’m not sure there’s a more challenging bracket remaining in the state than Division 2.

The field features the two-time defending state champs, two programs that are consistently part of the festivities at Battle Creek, as well as a program making its first trip in four years.

I am really excited to see the action in Thursday’s semifinals between these four programs. It should be a high level of play.

Here’s a breakdown of the two contests.

Notre Dame Prep vs. Lakewood – Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Aubrey O’Gorman Aubrey O’Gorman 6'3" | MB Lakewood | 2021 State MI

These two met in last year’s state semifinal, with Lakewood grabbing a four-set victory over Notre Dame Prep. The Irish struggled, as many do, with the size of Aubrey O’Gorman Aubrey O’Gorman 6'3" | MB Lakewood | 2021 State MI and Maradith O’Gorman Maradith O’Gorman 6'2" | RS Lakewood | 2022 State MI . The sisters combined for 48 of Lakewood’s 61 kills. Aubrey hit .511 in the victory.

That will be the challenge again for the Irish, finding a way to limit the damage of the O’Gorman sisters. When the two met during the season for a two-set contest that Lakewood won, Aubrey hit .550. Things are different now, but it is clear that

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