Multiple Teams · Volleyball Finishes State Runner-Up


Jen Cottrill described her team as “relentless and fearless,” and that was once again on display in Saturday’s MHSAA Class A girls volleyball final at noisy Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

And although they battled from two sets from behind for the second straight day, Novi came up just short this time as Romeo, led by Gia Milana’s match-best 29 kills, survived a tense five-set thriller to capture its first-ever state title, 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 27-25, 15-9.

Novi, which finished its best season school history at 54-6-1, nearly duplicated its stirring semifinal comeback on Friday when the Wildcats rallied from two sets down to stun Grand Haven.

But Milana, a 6-foot-1 junior committed to Maryland, asserted her authority in the final set when she came up with six kills, including championship point.

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