- Left to Right: #9 -Alana Melendez, #8 – Callie Price, #10 – Becca Laule, #3 – Megan Lowery, #5 – Laura Wilson, #6 – Hannah Daugherty, #2 – Lydia Milligan, #14 – Sasha Tempfli, #4 – Rachel Brumagin, #13 – Jamie Kantor, and Coach Tom Schuler.
(Photo courtesy of Robert McFeeley)
The Bay Rockets freshmen volleyball team went through the 2011 campaign with a regular season record of 14-2 overall and were 11-1 in the West Shore Conference. That record earned them the regular season WSC freshmen championship. During the WSC portion of the schedule, the team did something that no other team had been able to do in some three seasons; They beat the Avon Eagles freshmen not once, but twice during the season, both times having to play at Avon High School.
The girls went back to Avon to compete in the WSC freshmen tournament. To gain the overall freshmen championship, the team would need to win the tournament. Due to their No. 1 seed as the regular season champ, they gained a first round bye. In their second-round match against Midview, Bay prevailed 2 – 0 (25-15, 25-22). This set the stage for a rematch with Avon to determine the 2011 champion.
So, for the third time this season, the Lady Rockets would have to play Avon at Avon. Bay jumped out and took the first game by a score of 25-20. Avon came back and in a frantic game No. 2, the Eagles prevailed by 25-23. The entire season came down to that one final 3rd set. It was back and forth, Avon getting out to a several-point lead, Bay storming back. The Bay girls met every challenge, and in a sensational finish, they defeated Avon 25-23 and captured the undisputed 2011 WSC freshman volleyball championship. They finished with an overall record of 16 and 2.
“I can say with all honesty, that my freshmen girls faced extremely stressful situations, both psychologically and physically, and never skipped a beat,” said Bay freshman head coach Tom Schuler. “They have shown me that they belong in my memories as one of my best teams I have ever coached in terms of never giving up, playing as a team, and setting a goal and working to achieve it.”