Tigers sweep Morley for regional title

Shelby’s volleyball team celebrates shortly after scoring the final point in Thursday’s three-game sweep of Morley-Stanwood in a regional final match at Beal City.

BEAL CITY — You never know when the turning point of a postseason game will be. Thursday night for Shelby in a regional finals match against Morley-Stanwood, it came in game one.

The Tigers, trailing big early and again by four points late, fought off four consecutive game points in a remarkable rally, sparking them to a 26-24, 25-17, 25-17 sweep of the Mohawks. The win brought Shelby its first regional championship in volleyball since 1998.

“That first game changed everything,” Shelby coach Tom Weirich said. “If we lose that one, all of a sudden they (Morley) have new life on their whole season. By not giving up on that game, it set the tone for the rest of the night.”

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