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Portage Central volleyball gears up for state quarterfinals

Portage Central volleyball
Portage Central claimed it's first regional title since 2016, and the third regional championship in school history, with a five-set win over DeWitt in mid-November. (WWMT/Andy Pepper)

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that it would allow a limited amount of fans for the final rounds of the state football and volleyball tournaments.

The MHSAA said football teams would receive 125 total tickets with volleyball teams receiving 50, with those tickets intended for immediate family members.

Great news for - among others - Head Coach Kayleen Grand and the Portage Central Mustangs.

Portage Central claimed it's first regional title since 2016, and the third regional championship in school history, with a five-set win over DeWitt in mid-November.

Up next for the Mustangs, a state quarterfinal matchup against 2019 state runner-up Lowell.

"You know we have been laser focused right before we were shut down in what we wanted to do," said Grand. "We have a game plan and we know if we execute it we can do big things going into the quarterfinals."

Senior Alex Losey said that sticking to that game plan is essential.

"Definitely mental toughness, making sure we were confident in ourselves, making sure we were confident in putting the ball away and that we are there for our teammates if we make mistakes," Losey said.

Outside hitter Molly Rohs said the Mustangs aren't just talented, they're tough.

"I think working together and mental toughness essentially since we had a break, we are now getting back into it," Rohs said.

The Mustangs would face Lowell Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Gull Lake.

Portage Central looking to reach the state semifinals for the second time in school history.