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Volleyball - 11/19/2016 10 a.m.

Plymouth Christian Academy 3
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 1
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BATTLE CREEK – Priscilla Larned brought home Oakland Christian’s first volleyball finalist trophy on Saturday, it just wasn’t quite the trophy she and her Lancers were hoping for.

Coaching in her final match, Larned’s Lancers fell to MIAC foe Plymouth Christian in the Class D volleyball final from Kellogg Arena, losing by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19.

“It is nice,” Larned said of earning Oakland Christian’s first volleyball finalist trophy. “We would have liked another one. We made it (to Battle Creek). That was a big obstacle and that was one big goal the kids had and they did it.”

Oakland Christian (43-5-5) had never appeared in a state championship game their first appearance would be the final match in Larned’s 32-year coaching career. The Lancers faced off with the 2015 runner-up in the Eagles (35-11-3), who seemed to be just a step ahead of Oakland Christian throughout the match.

“Plymouth was extremely consistent, although they did have the fouls too. I thought we played hard. We did not give up. These kids have done a good job,” Larned said. “I don’t think that they were terrible (Saturday), we just had a tough time. They are still a great group of kids.”

Errors were an issue for the Lancers in the match as they committed 12 services errors and 19 attack errors, giving Plymouth Christian 31 points.

“It was a bit frustrating because the little things, they didn’t react to well as they should have,” Larned said of her team. “Serving has always been an issue since the first time we competed on Aug. 20.”

The highlight for Oakland Christian in the loss was the second set. The Lancers fell behind 16-10 before rallying to score 12 of the next 14 points and eventually claim the set.

“(Oakland Christian) is one of the smartest teams we faced all season. Coach Priscilla is a phenomenal coach. She has a lot of experience,” Plymouth Christian coach D.J. Kellogg said. “We know her hitters are trained that if they don’t take a full swing, they are going to find a hole and find a point.”

Following the conclusion of the match, the two teams came together to pray, a rare scene at an event with so much at stake.

“I think we both came in a little nervous,” Oakland Christian senior Alexandra Gudobba said of playing a conference rival in the finals. “I think we both respect each other and if anybody had to win, I guess I am happy it is them.”

Gudobba had 14 kills and 16 digs to lead the Lancers while Marisa Mingle had seven kills with 11 digs. Samantha Morse had 28 assists and five aces.

Grace Kellogg led Plymouth Christian with 21 kills and 11 digs while Divna Roi had 24 digs and Gabriella Kellogg had 13 kills.

Last Updated: 11/19/2016 1:06:31 PM EST

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