Aug. 27 — Cadillac — Anyone who doesn’t take this year’s Cadillac volleyball team seriously is accepting a hilarious concept that isn’t recommended.
Some people in the area haven’t completely ignored Cadillac, but being a Division 1 school in northern Michigan has paid a price, and the rest of the state has never played a Vikings game. Some have never seen it.
The Vikings are nearing the end of the first-ever Division 2 State Finals trip, finishing runners-up, but some still don’t believe them. With the Vikings moving from Division 2 to Division 1 this season, some expect it will take a long trip back to Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena.
After witnessing their playoff run first-hand, my mom, a volleyball coach for 10 years, followed Cadillac from afar and couldn’t believe that no one trusted this team.
Winning in sports isn’t easy, but Cadillac sometimes makes it look easy. A lot of it has to do with veteran head coach Michelle Brines being on the sidelines.
After my first year covering sports with Traverse City Record Eagle, I learned a lot. One of the biggest things is never to underestimate a team going into the new season with a shoulder injury.
Myself and others believed last season that Leland, head coach Laurie Glass and the team would be the team that could reach Battle Creek.
my rookie mistake.
If the school hasn’t won the district game or advanced to the local competition, it’s best to give them a chance. Now is the time for every school to consider this year their year.
Last season, I witnessed the Cadillac volleyball team remind critics locally and statewide that they are a good volleyball program. But for some, reaching the state finals in Division 2 wasn’t enough, despite the Vikings achieving that feat for the first time in show history.
Decades of dominance in the Big North Conference and district is not enough.
What does Cadillac need to do?
The Vikings are still going strong with the return of 2022 Record Eagle Volleyball Player of the Year Carissa Musta for the senior season. Musta is coming to an end of a great junior season leading the team in kills (505) and blocks. But Brins noted that Musta still has a lot to prove.
If Cadillac returns to the state rounds, will it be time to put it on par with other top schools in the state? The answer seems to be a simple yes.
Cadillac has been using cruise control since the start of the season and has a record of 7-0-2.
The Vikings overwhelmed their opponents on Saturday with a 4-0 victory in the home invitation. They defeated Garber, Sue Area, Leland and Mount Pleasant.
Cadillac looks stronger and faster than last season as former football coach Sean Jackson sent the girls to the gym. Not only does Cadillac look stronger, but the junior varsity team is just as skilled as the varsity starters, so they have a lot more depth.
If Cadillac can keep up its form as the Vikings head into the final stages of the season, it could be worthy of a spot in the top 10.