The regular TVC volleyball season has come to a close and the final regular season standing have been solidified. Both sides of the conference saw one team finish the year with undefeated conference records, displaying the consistency, skill, and tenacity to lead the table wire-to-wire in 2019.
In the East, the Birch Run Lady Panthers finished off their perfect conference run by defeating rival Frankenmuth in three straight games on the road. Birch Run has been the team to catch all season long, and the Pathers look poised for a run this post-season, and will take Caro Monday evening at Frankenmuth High School.
In the West, Valley Lutheran completed their run to a title by defeating the Millington Cardinals at home on senior night in similar fashion. The Lady Chargers took care of their opponents in three straight to cap off an undefeated regular season and also look ready to make some noise next week. The team will have to wait until Wednesday to take on the winner of New Lothrop and Reese at Reese High School.
Saturday, Alma hosted the TVC tournament and the action on the hard courts ran all day long as each of the 18 TVC teams competed in the last regular season event before district tournaments begin this Monday. The teams were divided into two divisions (Gold and Silver) and got going bright and early at two locations.
On the Gold side of the bracket, there weren’t really many surprises during play, and four teams from the East divisions made up the semi-final round pitting regular season rivals against each other once-again. Birch Run was able to knock off Garber, while Swan Valley and Freeland faced off in what could be a preview of another district finals match up next week. Freeland was able to move onto the finals to take on the regular season champion Birch Run Panthers, but fell 25-9, 25-15. With the win, the 2019 Panthers captured both the regular season East and tournament crowns, creating a wave of momentum that could carry them to regional’s and beyond.
On the Silver side, the top two seeded teams (Michigan Lutheran Seminary and Standish-Sterling) moved past Bullock Creek and St. Louis respectively, to face each other in the finals. Standish-Sterling outlasted MLS in a three game match (17-25, 25-17, 15-11) to leave Alma with the win in their bracket.
Local teams will begin District play Monday at various locations around the state!