ESCANABA - Volleyball's district championships are here, and the remaining teams have put in an entire season of hard work to make it to this moment.
Tonight, there are three matchups that will decide the 2champion in their respective districts.
In Class B action, the Gladstone Braves travel to Kingsford to take on the Flivvers. Kingsford swept Menominee 3-0 to advance to the final round, while Gladstone did the same to Escanaba. It's safe to say that both teams have some built up speed coming into this contest.
Braves coach Liz Gendron said that her young team has improved so much over the past year, and they are having more fun with the game as they get better.
"I think if we play up to our abilities, it's going to be a pretty good matchup," she said. "There are two great setters on each team. (Kingsford) has an advantage in outside hitting, but if we pass well and our outside hitters (Lexi Hongisto and Summer Demeuse) are on, there's a great opportunity to take the districts."
The Class C championship features the Manistique Emeralds at the Stephenson Eagles. This is a very special game for the Emeralds, not just because it's for the crown, but because their school has never won a district championship before.
"I'm excited about it," said coach Amy Nixon. "I feel like it's our time this year to really prove what we can do. One of our team goals is to hang a banner in our gym."
Nixon added that her team has largely been underrated this year, and that most teams look past them and end up getting surprised.
"(This) is one of the best seasons Manistique volleyball has ever had. I'm so proud of how far the girls have come this year."
One of the Class D championships will be a battle between two Alger county rivals when the Munising Mustangs take on the Superior Central Cougars at Eben tonight. This will be the third time this year these teams have met, with Superior Central taking each of the first two games.
"Hopefully we can do it a third time," said Cougars coach Kris Bray. "If we play like we have been the last few weeks, we should come out on top.
"I do believe we have a little more firepower from our hitters, and height is on our side. But they're (Munising) a scrappy team, so we have to be prepared. It's going to be a good matchup."
Just like Manistique, the Cougars have also never won a district title.
"I told the girls that we can make school history, and it's their team that can do it."
Both Manistique at Stephenson and Munising at Superior Central are scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT, while Gladstone and Kingsford will start at 6:30 p.m. EDT.