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St. Phil beats Mesick, one win from 21st state title

Tigers reach the finals for 1st time since 2015
Posted at 2:32 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 17:05:12-05
St. Philip 3, Mesick 0

Junior Brooke Dzwik had a game-high 30 kills as Battle Creek St. Philip beat Mesick in three games Friday in a division four state semifinal at Kellogg Arena.

The Tigers advance to the division four state championship game to play Oakland Christian, it will be St. Phil's first state championship game appearance since 2015.

"I know me and my teammates have all sat in these stands or been the ball girl because we live four blocks up the road," Dzwik said. "It just feels so much better to be able to play on the court. Back in the day it was expected and coach Groat still expects it from us and it is great to finally give her what she wants and expects from us."

The Tigers own a state record 20 state championships in volleyball but this was the first time time they had made it to the state semifinals since the 2015 season.

"It's an awesome feeling," head coach Vicky Groat said about seeing a new group of players reach the state finals. "It is like getting excited about Christmas morning so I am excited for these kids to experience the last possible day of the volleyball season which has been a long season, to be playing for a state championship. Win or lose, enjoy the moment, play your best and never forget it."

Saturday's division four state final is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Kellogg Arena.